DAMASCUS: Two ancient Muslim mausoleums were reported to be destroyed by the Islamic State extremists group in the ancient city of Syria, Palmyra. The Syrian antiquities director, Mr.Maamoun Abdulkarim has confirmed that the Jihadists have blew up two historic tombs in the IS occupied region of Syria.
The antiquities director said that the tombs of Mohammed bin Ali, a descendant of the Prophet Mohammed’s cousin, and Nizar Abu Bahaaeddine, a religious figure in the city of Palmyra were destroyed by the IS groups.
Bin Ali’s burial place, is located four kilometers away from the north of the Palmyra city in the Central Syria. IS published photos which depicted armed men carrying explosives towards the tombs, climbing the mountainous region. The tombs are said to be more than five centuries old.
The antiquities director claimed that the IS have destroyed at least 50 historic tombs, dating between 100-200 years old in the ancient sites under its control. ” IS groups consider that these mausoleums are against their beliefs and hence, they does not allow visits to these sites”, Mr.AbulKarim said.
“Ten days ago the ISIS groups have also destroyed tombs in the cemetery for Palmyra’s residents. For them the grave yards should not be visible”, the Director added, The Times of India reports.
The ISIS captured Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site on May 21st.