21 August 2015
Famous Syrian archaeologist beheaded by ISIS militants in Palmyra
The DGAM Directorate-General of Antiquities & Museums has announced the passing of Khalid al-Asaad - the former Director of Palmyra Antiquities.
According to sources al-Assad was beheaded by ISIS at the museum courtyard in Palmyra. Al-Assad was a well-known scholar who gave several significant contributions to the study of the history and heritage at the ancient city of Palmyra.
UNESCO had condemned the killing of the Syrian archaeologist and Italian museums has decided to fly their flags at half-mast to pay respect to al-Assad's memory.
Fore more information see the links:
- DGAM announce the passing of the archaeology resaercher Khalid al-Asaad- former Director of Palmyra Antiquities: http://www.dgam.gov.sy/?d=314&id=1773
- Beheaded Syrian scholar refused to lead Isis to hidden Palmyra antiquities: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/18/isis-beheads-archaeologist-syria
- UNESCO condemns Islamic State militant's killing of Palmyra's antiquities chief Khaled Asaad: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-20/unesco-condemns-islamic-state-killing-palmyra-antiquities-assaad/6710664
- Museums in Italy to fly flags at half-mast for slain Syrian art expert: http://www.nannewsnigeria.com/museums-italy-fly-flags-half-mast-slain-syrian-art-expert