ISIS militants destroy 1st century BC statue in captured Syrian city
July 3 , 2015
Islamic State (ISIS) militants have reportedly destroyed a statue of a lion dating back to the first century BC in Syria’s Palmyra city .
The destruction of the unique 2,000-year-old limestone piece called the Lion of al-Lat is “the most serious crime” committed by ISIS against “Palmyra’s heritage”, according to Maamoun Abdelkarim, Syria’s antiquities director.
The statue was discovered by an archaeological team from Poland in 1977.
ISIS fighters seized Palmyra in May, triggering international concern over the UNESCO world heritage site's fate.