Syria – Destruction of part of the Temple of Bel by Daesh (August 30, 2015)


France condemns the destruction by Daesh of part of the Temple of Bel, the largest temple in the ancient city of Palmyra.

This attack against an archeological gem listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, following the destruction last week of the Temple of Baalshamin, shows that Daesh is persisting in its criminal determination to destroy the cultural diversity in the Middle East that dates back thousands of years.

France, together with its international partners, is more determined than ever to combat this terrorist group and to mobilize the international community.