Ancient Palmyra ruins remain unharmed — for now

By REUTERS
May 26, 2015 16:14

 
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BEIRUT - The Syrian government's antiquities chief said on Tuesday the historical city of Palmyra had been unharmed since the Islamic State group seized it from state control last week.

Maamoun Abdulkarim said was still afraid the jihadist group would blow up ancient ruins at Palmyra including tombs and the Temple of Bel, which would be viewed as idolatrous in its puritanical vision of Islam.

"The historic city is fine. There is no damage so far," Abdulkarim told Reuters by phone, citing contacts with people on the ground. Palmyra, also known as Tadmur, is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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