Terrorist organisation ISIS have released images purporting to show the destruction of the Baalshamin temple of Palmyra.
The images show the Islamic militants laying explosives, the temple being blown up and the rubble left behind post-explosion.
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, said the destruction was an “immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity.”
The temple was one of the best preserved in the ancient city and had been standing for almost 2.000 years. New reports suggest the temple may have been destroyed up to four weeks ago.
The pictures have come just days after ISIS murdered one of Syria’s most respected archaeologists for refusing to tell them the location of gold and artefacts in Palmyra.
ISIS have destroyed dozens of priceless archaeological sites in the past twelve months.