Syria confirms Palmyra’s Greco-Roman ruins undamaged
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.