Islamic State mines and explosives endanger Palmyra

Islamic State mines and explosives endanger Palmyra



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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights denounces that jihadists could be destroying Roman remains. The London-based Observatory with numerous volunteers in Syria reported that they do not yet know whether the Islamic State's placement of explosives and mines is intended to blow up the historic ruins or prevent the advance of forces that are loyal to the Syrian regime trying to recover the area.

The ruins of Palmyra They are part of one of the six Syrian sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Palmyra, corresponds to the current city of Tadmor, and in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. It was one of the most important cultural centers in the entire ancient world. It was a place from which trade was practiced and it was common to meet the Silk Roads in this place, which crossed the arid desert to reach Syria.

Before the war in Syria started, Palmira was one of the main tourist centers for the country and for the region, until the Islamic State has taken control of the city and its surroundings. At the end of May, he released a video in which it appeared that the ruins had not suffered any damage.

Since February, Islamic State guerrillas have been destroying historical and cultural heritage in the areas of Iraq they controlled.

The Assyrian ruins of Nimrud from the 13th century BC. and the city of Hatra (both World Heritage Sites by UNESCO), the Museum of Civilization in Mosul (capital of Nineveh) and the site of Dur Sharrukin, Assyrian capital in the reign of Sargon II (722-705 BC), are some of the places attacked by this group.


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