Drone Footage of Liberated Ancient Ruins of Palmyra in Syria

Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:24:02

A drone footage captured by RT shows the ancient archeological treasure damages after being in the terrorists’ hands. The video shows Palmyra, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, days after the Syrian Army recaptured it from ISIS terror group.

Just getting to Palmyra is a challenge. ISIS mined the entrances to the world-famous site, which have been painstakingly cleared by the Syrian Army, with Russian assistance.

“It’s quite incredible to be standing here in the pearl of the desert – the ancient city of Palmyra that for months people around the world feared would be reduced to dust by ISIS,” RT’s Lizzie Phelan said.

Phelan confirmed that large parts of the centuries-old artifacts have been damaged, such as the Temple of Bel and the Arch of Triumph, but some of the historic relics are still standing.

The parts were destroyed when ISIS overran the site. With the terrorist group now banished, experts will see if the historic site can be salvaged. Phelan says the task is to see how many large stones that made up the temple remain intact and from there, they will be able to calculate whether it will be possible to reconstruct the archeological treasure.

However, thanks to the Syrian Army, which was helped by Russian air support, Palmyra is once again in safe hands and out of the clutches of the ISIS terrorists, who suffered one of their biggest defeats since capturing large swathes of Syria and Iraq in June 2014.


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