‘No dam­age’ to Syria’s an­cient city of Palmyra

Asian Journal - - World -

Da­m­as­cus: The 2,000-year-old Unesco World Her­itage site of Palmyra has not been dam­aged by Is­lamic State ter­ror­ists who ovver­ran the an­cient city, a top Syr­ian ar­chae­ol­ogy of­fi­cial said. “The site has not been dam­aged so far,” the head of the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment’s depart­ment of an­tiq­ui­ties, Maamoun Ab­dulka­rim, told the Free Iraq ra­dio sta­tion on Tues­day. The an­cient site is fine,” said Ab­dulka­rim, adding that he was wor­ried Palmyra could “meet the same fate” as the an­cient Iraqi cities of Nim­rud and Ha­tra, which were bull­dosed and blown up by IS fighters last year. Ab­dulka­rim is among many who fear for Palmyra, con­sid­ered one of the most im­por­tant ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites in the Mid­dle East and urged na­tions to pro­tect the site. “Safe­guard­ing Palmyra is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, not just Syria’s,” he said.

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