The video footage obtained by LifeNews.ru shows the views of the city shortly after its liberation. It appeared that Daesh completely ruined a bunch of important cultural artifacts and historical sites in Palmyra.
Palmyra has been under control of militants for almost a year, since May of 2015. The ancient city, located 210 kilometers from the Syrian capital, Damascus, is considered to be a key point on the way to defeat extremists in the East of the country.
On Sunday, the Syrian army, backed by Russian Aerospace Forces completed the liberation of the city’s historic center from the Daesh radicals. Two days before, government forces captured Palmyra Castle from Daesh, but militants remained in control of the city’s outskirts.
The Syrian experts are expected to assess the scales of destruction off historic sites by the end of the next week, according to the Russian broadcaster Rossiya 24 TV. After that reconstruction work will begin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and UNESCO head Irina Bokova said that the “treasured heritage will be restored by joint efforts of the international community.”