The True Story Behind The Shocking Side-By-Side Images Of An Ancient Syrian Amphitheater

Erica Wenig | Contributor

The Islamic State captured a 4,000 year-old Syrian city in May and has since transformed its ancient ruins into a terror haven. 

Once home to performing arts, Palmyra’s Roman amphitheater has now hosted a mass execution, at which its executioners were mostly children and city residents were encouraged to attend. (RELATED: ISIS Planted Explosives In 4,000 Year-Old City)

One image contrasted a ballet at the ancient theater in 2011 with an image from an Islamic State video of militants executing 25 captives on the same stage.

Palmyra

Islamic State captured the Syrian city of Palmyra and used the Roman amphitheater to execute 25 captives.

The video shows jihadis shooting and killing Syrian government soldiers, Al Jazeera reports. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on the execution on May 27, less than a week after Islamic State captured the city. The video was released Saturday.

Palmyra, built in the 2nd century A.D., is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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