The militants of banned terrorist group “Islamic state” (ISIS) destroyed the world-famous Tetrapylon in Palmyra. Also destroyed part of the Roman theatre. It is reported by the United Syrian broadcasting company ORTAS.
Earlier, on 18 January, it was reported that the terrorists moved to the city a large quantity of explosives. “We got information, confirmed by several sources, the transfer of a large amount of explosives in the area of Palmyra with the aim of destroying the ISIL terrorists to world historical heritage in the city”, — said the head of the Main operations Directorate of the General staff Lieutenant-General Sergey rudskoy.
At the end of March 2016, the Syrian army with the support of Russia freed Mira from is militants. Russian specialists later participated in the demining of the city. During the period of occupation serious damage was caused to many cultural sites of the city, included in the register of world heritage of UNESCO. In particular, was completely plundered the national Museum.
The terrorists again took Palmyra 11 December last year, after the retreat of the government forces. Army and militia before his departure managed to evacuate 80 percent of the population.