IS Destroys Famous Monument in Syria’s Palmyra

BEIRUT (Reuters) —
A Russian military camp is seen at the ancient city of Palmyra in the central city of Homs, Syria, in this 2014 file photo. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Islamic State terrorists have destroyed one of the most famous monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra, the Tetrapylon, and the facade of its Roman Theater, Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters on Friday.

Islamic State control the Palmyra site after capturing it in December for a second time from Syrian government forces. Government forces and their militia allies, backed by Russian air power, had taken back the city from Islamic State last March after first losing it in 2015.

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