ISIS damages Bel, Syria's 'most important temple,' rights group says

August 31, 2015 2:40 PM

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(CNN) — The iconic columns of a temple with historic significance in Palmyra, Syria, are still standing despite an explosion there Sunday (August 30), the antiquities chief in Syria, Maamoun Abdulkarim, said Monday (August 31).

He said there was an explosion Sunday inside the walls of the Temple of Bel, and while the extent of the damage is not yet known, witnesses report the walls are still standing. He called the site "the most important temple in Syria and of the most important in the whole Middle East."

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