- ISIS fighters have destroyed a part of amphitheater in Palmyra
- Officers say latest satellite tv for pc photos affirm new destruction in historic metropolis
Syrian authorities say latest satellite tv for pc photos affirm renewed devastation within the historic oasis metropolis, in response to a press release Friday from the Syrian Directorate Basic for Antiquities and Museums.
“The imagery reveals important harm to the Tetrapylon and the Roman Theater, triggered [as a] results of intentional destructions by ISIS,” the assertion mentioned.
It wasn’t instantly clear precisely when the harm occurred, however officers say the new satellite tv for pc displaying harm was taken on January 10, 2017.
The jihadist group first seized management of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Website, in Could 2015. Syrian regime forces managed to briefly push the militants out of town final yr.
However Palmyra fell to ISIS again in December when Syrian troops pulled out and over four,000 militants returned.
Omar Albenia, a spokesman of the council of Palmyra and Badia condemned the vandalism, whereas castigating the Syrian regime for permitting jihadists to reclaim town.
“This can be a nice loss for the individuals of Palmyra and what Palmyra stands for in historical past, as a result of it is a vital historic web site that was effectively preserved through the years,” he informed CNN.
“We on the council of Palmyra and Badia condemn this cowardly terrorist assault carried out by ISIS and in addition place the blame of the Syrian regime of what’s occurring in Palmyra when town of Palmyra has exchanged arms between ISIS and the Syrian regime a number of instances.”
Albenia added that the council had been stunned on the Syrian regime’s choice to depart Palmyra when it was not safe. He questioned why Syrian authorities troops have been capable of recapture Aleppo however not do the identical within the comparatively smaller metropolis of Palmyra.
Syrian state information additionally reported that 12 civilians have been executed by ISIS militants in Palmyra on Thursday.