Destruction of Palmyra temple a crime against civilisation: Unesco

The Temple of Bel before (top) and after its apparent destruction in Palmyra, Syria, in these Aug 27, 2015 and Aug 31, 2015 handout satellite images.
The Temple of Bel before (top) and after its apparent destruction in Palmyra, Syria, in these Aug 27, 2015 and Aug 31, 2015 handout satellite images.PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - The United Nation's cultural watchdog on Tuesday condemned the destruction of the famed Temple of Bel in Syria's Palmyra by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants as an "intolerable crime against civilisation".

Unesco chief Irina Bokova expressed her "deep distress" over the destruction of the temple but said the move would "not erase 4,500 years of history".