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These Before-And-After Photos Of Palmyra Show What ISIS Did To The Historic City

Syrian government forces have recaptured the ancient city, which had been under ISIS control since last year.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:40 p.m. ET

Posted on April 4, 2016, at 7:25 a.m. ET

Last week, Syrian government forces recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra, which had been occupied by ISIS since May 2015.

The 2,000-year-old city is home to famed Roman-era ruins — and is one of Syria's top tourist destinations, attracting visitors from around the world. After ISIS took control of the city last year, the militant group bombed parts of the ruins using explosives and threatened to destroy what it described as idolatrous statues.

Agence France-Presse photographer Joseph Eid returned to Palmyra last week after it was recaptured by the Syrian army and took photos of the landmarks while holding up photos of the city he took in 2014. The new photos highlight the destruction of the ancient ruins by ISIS.

Joseph Eid / AFP / Getty Images
Joseph Eid / AFP / Getty Images

The remains of the Temple of Bel's "Cella" (left), which was blown up by ISIS. The main building of the ancient temple was destroyed as well as a row of columns in its immediate vicinity. On the right, the face of a statue lies on the ground at a destroyed museum in Palmyra.

A view of the remains of Baalshmin temple, which was destroyed by ISIS jihadis.
Joseph Eid / AFP / Getty Images

A view of the remains of Baalshmin temple, which was destroyed by ISIS jihadis.


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The Temple of Baal Shamin

Joseph Eid / AFP / Getty Images

The Temple of Bel

Joseph Eid / AFP / Getty Images
Joseph Eid / AFP / Getty Images
Joseph Eid / AFP / Getty Images

The Arc du Triomphe (Triumph's Arch)

Joseph Eid / AFP / Getty Images
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