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A view of the external courtyard of the temple of Baal (also written Bel) in the ancient Syrian oasis city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, pictured on March 14, 2014

Blast at Syria's Palmyra prompts fears for famed temple

AFP News A powerful blast in the ruins of Syria's ancient Palmyra raised fears Monday that the Islamic State group has damaged another of the Middle East's most treasured heritage sites. Both Syria's antiquities chief and a monitor reported Sunday's explosion in the UNESCO World Heritage site, but there was conflicting information on the fate of its famed Temple of Bel. IS destroyed the smaller …