SYRIA, JIHADISTS HELD BACK BY PALMIRA. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE IS SAFE The army of Damascus has reported that about 300 people have been killed in the clashes

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According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, about 300 people have died in the fighting between Syrian army and Islamic militiamen for control of Palmyra. Some NGO sources reported that among the victims there are at least 57 civilians.

Yesterday, Jihadists were held back from Palmyra, city of an important archaeological site, following yesterday’s advance, which had allowed them to take control over different areas of the north part of the city. Forces in Damascus have claimed they had taken over control over strategic sites in a series of clashes that have resulted in the deaths of 115 and 123 military Jihadists according to the Syrian Observatory for Human rights.

The Director of Unesco had launched an appeal on Friday, exhorting the protection of the city and its heritage of monumental ruins, listed in the Unesco list of world heritage. “Palmira is safe and the road that connects to Homs is safe,” said Talal Barazi, today Governor of Homs quoted by the Sana Agency. And Maamoun Abdulkarim, head of the Antiquities Department in Damascus, has ensured that the army controls the whole Tadmur area, and that the ruins are located in the south-western part of the city which has never suffered any damage.

Translation provided by Marina Stronati

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