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VIDEO: ISIS destroys ancient artifacts in Deir Ezzor

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ISIS shared footage of monuments and artifacts being destroyed in the city of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria.

The video circulated on social media , was published under the title "Deir Ezzor.”

The artifacts were found by the Antiquities Authority in the area of Salihia, west of Bukamel, located on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

One of the organization's members spoke in the video, saying that the so-called "Shariah Committee" had decided to destroy it, because it was considered "idols worshiped in God’s place."

Several media sources have confirmed that the ISIS often claims to destroy the artifacts and often documents it in video recordings, while in fact they smuggle and sell them as a source of additional funding, especially after tightening the grip over the areas which are still under ISIS control.