ISIS took control of Sabratha, Libya on Saturday only 80 kilometers from the capital Tripoli.
The ancient Roman amphitheatre of Sabratha, one of Libya’s five Unesco World Heritage sites. (Photograph: Jason Hawkes)
Fears are rising that ISIS may destroy the ancient Roman ruins like they did in Palmyra, Syria.
Sputnik news reported:
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Fears are rising that Daesh, also known as ISIL/ISIS, could destroy ancient cultural heritage sites in the city of Sabratha, some 80 km from the Libyan capital of Tripoli, Iranian Fars news agency reported.
The terrorist organization took full control over Sabratha on Saturday. The city has several ancient Roman landmark sites, including a third-century amphitheater, one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
Daesh launched an offensive on the city with over 30 trucks, overwhelming checkpoints and security posts that belonged to defenders.
Terrorists are known for destroying ancient historical monuments. In October, Daesh destroyed the Arch of Triumph, a major heritage site in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra in Syria, and a few other ancient historical monuments in the city.