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2000-year-old lion statue smashed by ISIS militants at Palmyra

The 2000-year-old Lion of al-Lat statue has been smashed in Palmyra by Isis militants. The statue was ten feet tall, weighed 15 tonnes and had been discovered in 1977 at the temple of al-Lat, a pre-Islamic Arabian goddess.

Palmyra.
Palmyra. Image by Varun Shiv Kapur / CC BY 2.0

Syria’s antiquities director said “It’s the most serious crime they have committed against Palmyra’s heritage.” Isis took the ancient city of Palmyra in May and have so far left most of the famous sites intact, but blown up a number of historic Muslim graves. Read more: theguardian.com