BEIRUT — A resident in the Syrian city of Palmyra says Islamic State militants have demolished the ancient temple of Baalshamin after laying explosives around it for over a month, confirming earlier reports.
The U.N. cultural watchdog UNESCO called the destruction of the temple a “war crime” and an “immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity.”
The witness, who goes by the name Nasser al-Thaer, said Monday the bombing took place a day earlier. He said he feared for the other ancient sites in Palmyra but that no explosives have been placed around them.
An IS operative told The Associated Press over Skype that a statement would be issued soon. He spoke on condition of anonymity because members of the group are not allowed to speak to media.
Mel Gibson is in HOT water. The actor has been accused of shoving and spitting in a female photographer’s face, but he’s vehemently denying her allegations. Read his statement here.
A photographer for the Daily Telegraph has made some shocking claims about her recent encounter with Mel Gibson. Kristi Miller alleges that the actor got physical with her when she was photographing him in Australia, and says that he was also verbally abusive. The 59-year-old is denying Kristi’s recount of the alleged altercation.
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