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Historic temple destroyed

Episode 150824 / 24 Aug 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries.

a) Syrian officials say the historic Baalshamin temple in Syria was destroyed by jihadists 2,000 years ago.

b) Syrian officials have detonated explosives at the Baalshamin temple before Islamic State militants could do it.

c) Syrian officials say Islamic State militants used explosives to destroy the Baalshamin temple.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are four definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

cultural treasures
objects or buildings that are considered valuable because of their connection to the history of the country

detonated
caused to explode

dates back
has existed for

famed
well known

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Still not sure? This time you can read the transcript. The answer's underneath.

Islamic State militants have destroyed one of Syria's major cultural treasures – the Baalshamin temple in the ancient city of Palmyra.

Syrian officials say the jihadists detonated explosives around the structure which dates back 2,000 years. The blast also damaged some of the city's famed Roman columns.

Answer

c) Syrian officials say Islamic State militants used explosives to destroy the Baalshamin temple.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

 

 

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