Islamic State ‘in control’ of Syria’s Palmyra
21 May 2015, Nirapad News: Islamic State militants have taken near complete control of the Syrian city of Palmyra, home to some of the world’s most magnificent ancient ruins.
There are fears that the militants will destroy the ruins, which UNESCO has designated a World Heritage site.
Government troops have almost entirely withdrawn from the city following an IS advance, an eyewitness told the BBC.
IS militants have demolished several ancient sites that pre-date Islam in Iraq, including Hatra and Nimrud.
Activists earlier said the group controlled much of north Tadmur, the modern town adjoining the ancient site of Palmyra, after overcoming militias loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.