Ancient city of Palmyra under fire


Image posted online by ISIS-linked media sources showing the blowing up of a monument in the ancient city of Palmyra, central Syria.

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – More than 100 people were killed, including 30 civilians and 70 ISIS fighters, in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under airstrikes by Syrian air forces, activists said on Wednesday.

The Syrian warplanes have intensified operations on the ISIS-held city of Palmyra since Friday.  

“The air force used barrel bombs and missiles in Palmyra bombardment,” media activist Ali Nassar told ARA News on the phone. 

The raids coincided with a mass displacement among civilians.

“Most of the residents escaped the city as the continuous strikes caused the destruction of dozens of houses and many casualties among civilians,” Nassar reported.

“30 civilian deaths were documented, beside the killing of at least 70 ISIS fighters in the recent strikes,” the source said. 

In May, militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) took over the ancient city of Palmyra following fierce battles with Syrian regime forces. The group has executed dozens of captured soldiers in the Roman amphitheater. It also destroyed ancient shrines and Roman monuments, amid UNESCO’s concern about the destiny of the historical heritage in the ISIS-held city.

In August, the radical group beheaded prominent Syrian archeologist Khaled Asaad, 82, who worked for 50 years as the head of antiquities in Palmyra city.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

Source: ARA News  

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