Palmyra's Temple of Bel 'still standing'

August 31, 2015 12:02 PM

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Palmyra's Temple of Bel 'still standing'

Palmyra's ancient Temple of Bel is still standing despite an attempt by Islamic State (IS) militants to blow it up, Syria antiquities chief has said.

He confirmed to the BBC that there was a large explosion within its perimeter but said that the "structure of the temple, its columns and sanctum", are still intact.

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