ISIS militants in Palmyra. File photo
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Damascus, Syria – The Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) planted large deal of explosives and mines in the archaeological locations of the Syrian ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur), as a prelude to detonate them, activists reported on Sunday.
The radical group has been in control of the ancient city since last May.
“The group intends to blow up monuments in Palmyra,” said Yazan Qutna, a Syrian civil rights activist.
Other sources reported that the IS extremists planted mines in the ancient city in an attempt to prevent possible progress by the Syrian army.
Meanwhile, Syrian regime officials told reporters in Damascus that IS militants are planning to blow up antiquities in the ancient city of Palmyra, including Roman pillars and theaters.
Palmyra is listed by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. The United Nations appealed to the international community to intervene and protect the Syrian ancient city against atrocities of IS group.
IS gained control of Palmyra nearly a month ago after fierce battles with Syrian army forces.
Noteworthy, the Islamic State destroyed a number of archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria, as well as several religious shrines, castles and monasteries. International organizations and archaeologists expect IS to destroy the old city of Palmyra.
Reporting by: Mustafa Hamed
Source: ARA News