ISIS militants destroy renowned central prison of Palmyra

Remnants of Palmyra (Tadmur) central prison after bombardment by Islamic State militants

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – Militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) blew up Saturday the central prison of Palmyra in Homs province, central Syria, with large deal of explosives, after taking control of the ancient city ten days ago, pro-IS media sources reported.

The central prison of Palmyra (also known as Tadmur) was considered a main prison for political and military detainees in the past five decades. Syrian opposition activists accused IS of removing evidence of decades of torture by pro-Assad forces against prisoners in Tadmur. 

The group released footages of the prison’s bombardment, showing members of the group planting explosives around the prison, as well as the size of devastation caused by the explosion.

After taking over the ancient city, the group executed at least 300 people in Palmyra, mostly civilians.

IS gained control of the city of Palmyra nearly ten days ago, after the battles with Syrian army forces.


Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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