Syrian troops push ISIL back from ancient city

Syrian troops push ISIL back from ancient city
Sun May 17, 2015 21:22:53

Syrian troops pushed the ISIL terrorists back from the remains of Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra in the western province of Homs.

Homs provincial governor, Talal Barazi, said on Sunday that the Syrian army units have recaptured the northern districts of Palmyra, known as Tadmor in Arabic, one day after they fell to Takfiri terrorists.

The Takfiri group’s "attack was foiled, and we ousted them from the northern parts of Tadmur," Barazi said, adding, "The army is still… combing the streets for bombs."

"We are taking all necessary precautions, and we are working on securing humanitarian aid quickly in fear of mass fleeing from the city," he added.

"We have good news today, we feel much better," Mamoun Abdulkarim said, adding, "There was no damage to the ruins, but this does not mean we should not be afraid."

"The site has already suffered four years of conflict, it suffered from looting and represents an irreplaceable treasure for the Syrian people and for the world," Irina Bokova, the director general of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said.

In April, the ISIL terrorist group released a video showing its members destroying artifacts at Iraq’s northern ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud before blowing up the site.

Also in February, the terrorists smashed ancient statues at the Ninawa museum in Mosul, using sledgehammers and drills.



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