Rus­sia build­ing army base in Syria

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEIRUT—The Rus­sian mil­i­tary is con­struct­ing a new army base in the cen­tral Syr­ian town of Palmyra, within the pro­tected zone that holds the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site listed by UNESCO as a world her­itage site and with­out ask­ing for per­mis­sion from rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties, an Amer­i­can her­itage or­ga­ni­za­tion and a top Syr­ian ar­chae­ol­o­gist said Tues­day.

The Amer­i­can School of Ori­en­tal Re­search’s Cul­tural Her­itage Ini­tia­tive posted pic­tures from the satel­lite im­agery and an­a­lyt­ics com­pany Dig­i­talGlobe that show the con­struc­tion on the edge of the an­cient site that was dam­aged by the Is­lamic State group, which held Palmyra for 10 months.

Syr­ian troops backed by Rus­sian airstrikes cap­tured Palmyra in March and fight­ing con­tin­ues miles away un­til this day. Rus­sian dem­i­ning ex­perts have det­o­nated hun­dreds of bombs left be­hind by the ex­trem­ists at and near the site since the town was cap­tured.—Agencies

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