These Photos of Palmyra Before and After ISIS Are Heart Wrenching

By Giuliana Manca, Epoch Times
April 4, 2016 5:53 pm Last Updated: April 4, 2016 5:53 pm

The archaeological and historical marvel that is the ancient city of Palmyra has been ravaged by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

AFP photographer Joseph Eid has published emotive photos starkly illustrating the damage Palmyra has endured since its capture by ISIS in May 2015. Since ISIS took control, the international community has feared—correctly so— for the UNESCO heritage site.  

Although they are not the first images that have surfaced since the Syrian Army took back Palmyra on March 27, 2016, Eid’s photographs poignantly demonstrate how damaging ISIS’s occupation has been on the ancient city. 

A general view taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Temple of Bel taken on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic temple after it was destroyed by Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in September 2015 in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Syrian troops backed by Russian forces recaptured Palmyra on March 27, 2016, after a fierce offensive to rescue the city from jihadists who view the UNESCO-listed site's magnificent ruins as idolatrous.  / AFP / JOSEPH EID        (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
The Temple of Bel on March 31, 2016, compared to a March 14, 2015 photograph of the temple, held by photograph Josheph Eid. The photo effectively conveys the damage ISIS reaped on the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

A general view taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Temple of Bel taken on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic temple after it was destroyed by Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in September 2015 in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Syrian troops backed by Russian forces recaptured Palmyra on March 27, 2016, after a fierce offensive to rescue the city from jihadists who view the UNESCO-listed site's magnificent ruins as idolatrous.  / AFP / JOSEPH EID        (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
Taken on March 31, 2016, the image shows Eid holding his March 14, 2014 picture of the Temple of Bel in front of the remains of the historic temple after it was destroyed by ISIS in September 2015. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

TOPSHOT - A general view taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Arc du Triomphe (Triumph's Arch) taken on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic monument after it was destroyed by Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in October 2015 in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Syrian troops backed by Russian forces recaptured Palmyra on March 27, 2016, after a fierce offensive to rescue the city from jihadists who view the UNESCO-listed site's magnificent ruins as idolatrous.  / AFP / JOSEPH EID        (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
Standing in the ancient city of Palmyra, Eid holds his March 14, 2014 photograph of Triumph’s Arch taken on in front of the March 31, 2016 remains of the historic monument after it was destroyed by ISIS in October 2015. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

A general view taken on March 31, 2016 shows a photographer holding his picture of the Arc du Triomphe (Triumph's Arch) taken on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic monument after it was destroyed by Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in October 2015 in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Syrian troops backed by Russian forces recaptured Palmyra on March 27, 2016, after a fierce offensive to rescue the city from jihadists who view the UNESCO-listed site's magnificent ruins as idolatrous.  / AFP / JOSEPH EID        (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
The ruins of Triumph’s Arch on March 31, 2016  are juxtaposed against a photograph of the monument taken on March 14, 2014 by Eid. ISIS destroyed the ancient in October 2015, viewing them “idolatrous.” (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)