Syria con­firms Palmyra’s Greco-Ro­man ru­ins un­dam­aged

Asian Journal - - World -

Damascus: Syr­ian author­i­ties con­firmed that the Greco-Ro­man ru­ins in the cen­tral Syr­ian city of Palmyra were un­dam­aged, but that two Is­lamic mau­soleums in the city’s sub­urbs were de­stroyed by the Is­lamic State (IS) group. “The ar­chae­o­log­i­cal part of Palmyra is in­tact, although the ter­ror­ist group (Is­lamic State) planted ex­plo­sives there in re­cent days,” di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Syr­ian depart­ment of an­tiq­ui­ties and mu­se­ums, Maamoun Ab­dulka­rim, said. Ab­dulka­rim ex­plained that the Is­lamic shrines of unof­fi­cial saints Mo­hamed bin Ali and Abu Baha Edin were de­stroyed. Op­po­si­tion ac­tivist of Shaam news net­work, Samer al-Homsi, said the shrines were de­stroyed on Mon­day night.

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