Video Shows 2,000-Year-Old Arch ISIS Destroyed in Palmyra, Syria

Video shows the main part of the 2,000-year-old Syrian landmark.

— -- New video obtained by The Associated Press shows the main part of a 2,000-year-old arch in Palmyra, Syria, completely destroyed.

Video taken from a moving car window confirms the historic Syrian landmark is missing most of the arch, with one column still standing.

Professor Maamoun Abduilkarim, the country’s director of antiquities, earlier this week described the destruction to ABC News as “shameful,” noting that unlike the two temples that were destroyed earlier this year, the arch has no religious significance.

The arch was known to locals as the “Bridge of the Desert” because it linked the Roman Empire to Persia and the East. It sat on top of columns lining the ancient city streets.

At the time, Professor Abduilkarim said he had not seen photos or videos of the devastation, but learned reports from eyewitnesses.

“They’re destroying building by building,” he said. “Within three to six months, at this pace, we’re going to lose Palmyra.”

He also told ABC News there had been witness accounts of militants digging holes with bulldozers to place explosives around the arch, as well as other sites that he expects will be destroyed.

ABC News’ Alex Marquardt contributed to this report.

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