Palmyra ruins unharmed for now

Syria antiquities chief says historical city has no damage for now

Palmyra ruins unharmed for now

World Bulletin / News Desk 

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

Maamoun Abdulkarim said was still afraid the armed 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 by phone, citing contacts with people on the ground. Palmyra, also known as Tadmur, is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Mayıs 2015, 17:07