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Palmyra's ancient ruins unharmed for now - Syria antiquities chief| Reuters

May 26, 2015    

BEIRUT Syria's antiquities chief said on Tuesday the historic city of Palmyra had been unharmed since ultra-radical Islamic State insurgents seized it from state control last week.Maamoun Abdulkarim said he was still afraid the jihadist group would blow up Palmyra's 2,000-year-old Roman ruins at Palmyra including tombs and the Temple of Bel, which could be viewed as idolatrous in its puritanical vision of Islam.Still, Abdulkarim told Reuters by phone, "the historic city is fine. There is no damage so far". He cited contacts with people on the ground in the central Syrian city. Palmyr...

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