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Syria: Govt. forces secure Palmyra after liberating ancient city from IS01:56

Syria: Govt. forces secure Palmyra after liberating ancient city from IS

Syrian Arab Republic, Palmyra
March 28, 2016 at 14:37 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Syrian Arab Army troops were out in force on the streets of Palmyra, Monday, after recapturing the ancient city and its encompassing UNESCO World Heritage site from the so called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Soldiers on the ground thanked Russia for their contribution, explaining that they had taken Palmyra's hills with the help of aerial assistance.

Syrian army soldiers are currently in the process of securing the ancient city, rooting out unexploded devices at various locations across the city. Numerous bombs and booby traps have been scattered across the region by IS who were repelled from the region on Sunday. On Monday, news came from the head of the Russian General Staff Valeri Gerasimov that Russia will be sending in bomb disposal experts and technology to assist in the mission.

Palmyra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, formerly known for housing some of the best-preserved monuments of antiquity anywhere in the world. Since capturing the city, IS militants have blown up the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel, and the Arch of Triumph, and have used the Roman-era amphitheatre for filmed public executions. The UN's cultural agency has described the groups' archaeological demolishing as a 'war crime.'

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The Syrian Arab Army troops were out in force on the streets of Palmyra, Monday, after recapturing the ancient city and its encompassing UNESCO World Heritage site from the so called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Soldiers on the ground thanked Russia for their contribution, explaining that they had taken Palmyra's hills with the help of aerial assistance.

Syrian army soldiers are currently in the process of securing the ancient city, rooting out unexploded devices at various locations across the city. Numerous bombs and booby traps have been scattered across the region by IS who were repelled from the region on Sunday. On Monday, news came from the head of the Russian General Staff Valeri Gerasimov that Russia will be sending in bomb disposal experts and technology to assist in the mission.

Palmyra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, formerly known for housing some of the best-preserved monuments of antiquity anywhere in the world. Since capturing the city, IS militants have blown up the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel, and the Arch of Triumph, and have used the Roman-era amphitheatre for filmed public executions. The UN's cultural agency has described the groups' archaeological demolishing as a 'war crime.'

Courtesy of RT

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