The Temple of Bel, touted as the most important temple in Palmyra, Syria, has been damaged in an explosion caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Sunday, a rights group said.
Despite the explosion, the columns of the Temple of Bel are still intact, Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim said on Monday. The explosion occurred inside the temple walls but the extent of the damage is still undetermined, according to CNN.
"We are waiting for details on the truth of what occurred, the exact location inside the temple, and the size of the destruction," CNN quotes Abdulkarim. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has released a heinous new execution video purporting to show another one of the group's sick execution methods in which four Iraqi prisoners were burned to death by being suspended by their hands and feet over roaring flames.
The video, which according to the British news site The Daily Star is titled "Punish (Them) Equal With Which You Were Harmed," was released by the Islamic State's propaganda wing onto ISIS-linked social media accounts on Monday morning.
The footage purports to show four chained Iraqi men, believed to be Shiite Muslims, being forced to watch a video of an IS militant being burned alive by anti-IS forces only to suffer the same fate moments later. more >>
The Deaf Bible Society has started a movement to bring the story of Jesus in sign language to the deaf community in the Middle East for the first time ever as a way to combat the Islamic State terrorist organization's efforts to recruit the overlooked deaf populations with promises of a "false hope."
As only 20 of the world's 400 sign languages have some form of Bible content available, there is not one sign language in the Middle East that has Bible content available to let those in the region who are deaf know that there is hope that can be found in the Savior Jesus Christ.
Deaf communities are often overlooked in the Middle East, they become susceptible to fall for the sense of empowerment promised to them by IS, a terrorist group that has become renowned for the lies it uses to recruit disenfranchised members of society. more >>
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said that the Islamic State terror group has executed at least 91 people in the space of a month in Syria, including 39 of its own fighters, for crimes such as sorcery and sodomy, among others.
"The executions [are being] carried out for sorcery, insulting Allah, sodomy, adultery, banditry, joining and cooperating with the awakening movements, sorcery, cooperating with crusader coalition, mischief on Earth and cooperating with the Nusayri regime forces," SOHR wrote, noting that most of the victims were beheaded.
At least 32 civilians, including two women, were among the executed in Syria between the period of July 29 to Aug. 29. IS has implemented its strict version of Shariah law in the territories it has conquered, and despite airstrike operations from allied countries, it maintains its control over several cities in Iraq and Syria. more >>
ISIS fighters have stepped on high gear in a large area in southern Damascus, getting into a fierce battle with rival militants a few kilometers from the Syrian capital center, Damascus, on Sunday.
According to CBS News, more than two dozen militants were killed in the battles. The clashes were reported on the edges of the Qadam neighborhood, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in Britain, which holds extensive lookouts on the activists.
Half of Qadam has been captured by ISIS forces according to the pro-ISIS Aamaq News Agency, while the Observatory's Rami Abdurrahman said the fighters took hold of two streets where the fighting was intense. more >>
The weekend for social media users went on fire as a footage and images of an armed Israeli trying to arrest an 11-year-old Palestinian boy in the West Bank surfaced.
In one of the photos, the soldier put the boy in a headlock, while some women tried to pull him away from the boy who has a broken arm.
According to CNN, the arrest took place on Friday, as part of a weekly protest carried out by Palestinian activists in efforts to stop settlement construction in Nabi Saleh village in the West Bank. more >>