150 bombs removed from recaptured Syrian archaeological site

Damage at the ancient ruins of Palmyra, central Syria PICTURE: SANA via AP
Staff Reporter

DEMINING experts have so far removed 150 bombs planted by the Islamic State group inside the archaeological site in the historic town of Palmyra, a Syrian antiquities official says..

Syria's head of antiquities and museums, Maamoun Abdul-Karim said that a technical team had returned to Damascus after a two-day work in Palmyra.

Syrian troops captured the town from IS fighters on Sunday after three weeks of intense fighting.

Abdul-Karim said the team photographed inside the museum where many statues were damaged by IS during its 10-month control of Palmyra.

He says the technical team could not reach some remote sites, including the burial places, because there are "hundreds of mines" left.

Syrian state media reported that war planes struck several IS vehicle and targets east of Palmyra.


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