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23 June 2015

Islamic State militants plant mines and bombs in Palmyra

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According to official Syrian sources as well as monitoring groups, the Islamic State militants plant mines and bombs in Palmyra.

This development again raises serious concerns about the survival of the archaeological and cultural heritage in the city which is already threatened by the on-going conflict in the country.

Also, reports say that IS had destroyed a monumental lion sculpture that stood at the museum of Palmyra. The sculpture known as the "Lion Of Allat" dated to the first century  AD, that was discovered at the temple of Allat in the 70's in Palmyra, is considered one of the cultural landmarks of the city. 

The lion of Al-lāt (first century AD), which stood at the entrance of the temple of Bel.. Photo: Wikipedia

For more information see: 'Islamic State militants plant mines and bombs in Palmyra - monitoring group (Reuters, June 21, 2015)

Palmyra is among the 6 UNESCO’s WHL sites, that were declared "in danger" in Syria in 2013. The site is famous for its monumental architecture, including temples, theaters, colonnaded Main Street, all attest to the glory of the city during the Classical period (Hellenistic, Greco- Roman). To read more about the outstanding value of the site see Unesco's World Heritage List about Palmyra