May 14, 2015 / 3:06 PM / 2 years ago

Syria says Islamic State will destroy ancient ruins if it takes Tadmur

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - The Syrian army is battling Islamic State militants just 1-2 km (one mile) from the ancient city of Tadmur, home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Syrian antiquities chief told Reuters on Thursday

Maamoun Abdulkarim said that if the group seizes the city, which is also known as Palmyra: “They will destroy everything that exists there.”

Writing by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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