ISIS Destroys Part Of Roman Theater In Syrian City Of Palmyra

ISIS Destroys Part Of Roman Theater In Syrian City Of Palmyra
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Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists have destroyed part of a Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova describes the act as “a new war crime and an immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity.”

Syrian authorities state that recent satellite images confirm renewed devastation in the ancient oasis city, according to a statement Friday from the Syrian Directorate General for Antiquities and Museums.

“The imagery shows significant damage to the Tetrapylon and the Roman Theater, caused result of intentional destructions by ISIS,” the statement said.

It wasn’t immediately clear exactly when the damage occurred, but officials say the new satellite photographs were taken between December 26, 2016 and January 10, 2017.

IS took control of Palmyra from Syrian troops in December for the second time, after the city was liberated by Syria’s government forces, backed by Russian air power, in March.

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