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Israeli raid damages Temple of Bacchus
2006 08 15


Israeli air raids in Baalbek killed one child and caused damage to the ancient Roman Temple of Bacchus on Saturday, the town mayor said. Israeli fighter-bombers carried out two raids on Saturday morning in the old town square near the centuries-old Baalbek temple complex, killing a 10 year-old boy and wounding three people, police said.

Two buildings were completely destroyed in the raids.

The bombardment caused cracks in the Temple of Bacchus, weakening the structures of the Roman creation which had withstood several earthquakes, Mayor Mohsen al-Jamal told AFP

Several stones fell inside the temple complex, which is a UNESCO-protected world heritage site, he added.

The raids also destroyed the old market, where a two-year renovation project financed by the United Nations had just been completed.

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