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    • Jihad on Heritage: UNESCO Sites the World May Lose Forever
    • Jihad on Heritage: UNESCO Sites the World May Lose Forever
    • Jihad on Heritage: UNESCO Sites the World May Lose Forever
    • Jihad on Heritage: UNESCO Sites the World May Lose Forever
    • Jihad on Heritage: UNESCO Sites the World May Lose Forever
    • Jihad on Heritage: UNESCO Sites the World May Lose Forever
    • Jihad on Heritage: UNESCO Sites the World May Lose Forever
    • Jihad on Heritage: UNESCO Sites the World May Lose Forever
    • Jihad on Heritage: UNESCO Sites the World May Lose Forever
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    • Jihad on Heritage: UNESCO Sites the World May Lose Forever
    • Jihad on Heritage: UNESCO Sites the World May Lose Forever
    • Jihad on Heritage: UNESCO Sites the World May Lose Forever
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    Palmyra city is one of the most prosperous cities of the Late Antiquity. It is located in an oasis 240 kilometers northeast of Damascus and over 306 kilometers from the Euphrates River. The area of the city boasts ruins of structures which are among the most outstanding examples of the Ancient Roman architecture. They were listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. On May 14, Palmyra was seized by ISIL militants. They took over the historic part of the town where temple complexes and other architecture monuments from the period of Roman rule are located.
    Above: A partial view of the theatre at the ancient oasis city of Palmyra. The photo was taken on March 14, 2014.

     

    Militants of the Islamic State terrorist organization have looted and destroyed nearly 750 cultural heritage sited in Syria since the beginning of the conflict in the country, Syria’s Deputy Culture Minister Ali Al-Qayyim said. UNESCO formed special "response forces" which will take part in an international campaign to restore ancient monuments damaged during combat actions in Arab countries.

     

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