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Russian Experts Plan to Prepare Palmyra Damage Assessment by July

© Photo : Russian Defence Ministry Experts from Russia's International Mine Action Center in Palmyra
Experts from Russia's International Mine Action Center in Palmyra - Sputnik International
Russian experts are planning to submit a preliminary report on damage assessment of the Syrian ancient city of Palmyra to UNESCO by July 2016, the head of the Russian Research Institute for Cultural and Natural Heritage said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On March 27, the forces loyal to Damascus, backed by Russian Aerospace Forces, liberated the city of Palmyra from the Daesh militant group. The terrorist group, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia, has destroyed part of Palmyra's historic ruins, which are a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, while controlling the city.

"A group of experts — archaeologists and culturologists representing the Heritage Institute — are working at present in Syria…We are planning to send a report to the UNESCO Secretariat before the beginning of the 40th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee," Nadezhda Filatova told RIA Novosti.

The 40th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will be held in Turkey on July 10-20 this year.

Russian specialists are currently assisting Syrian experts in clearing Palmyra of bombs and land mines, that were planted all over the city by IS militants before their retreat.

On Tuesday, the UNESCO Executive Board unanimously approved a Russia-drafted proposal on the role of the organization in restoring the ancient city of Palmyra and other Syria's historic sites.

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