When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took over the historic city of Palmyra a year ago, they attacked its rich cultural heritage by bombing and destroying the ancient architectural monuments and historical sites. The terrorist organisation carried out explosions, reducing ancient temples, including one that was 2000 years old, tombs, columns, and other antiquities to rubble.
Recently, Syrian forces backed by Russian air strikes, seized the historic city of Palmyra from the Islamic State. But what remains are just the ruins of the monuments that once used to be. Joseph Eid, a photographer for AFP, had captured these historical monuments before ISIS wrecked havoc in the city. A year later, he captured the sites again, showing the destruction caused by the Islamic State.
Here are 12 pictures of the historical sites before and after they were destroyed.