ISIL militants planting mines and bombs among Palmyra’s historic ruins. (BG).
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has planted mines and bombs in the ancient part of the central Syrian city of Palmyra, home to Roman-era ruins, a group monitoring the war said on Sunday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately clear whether the group was preparing to destroy the ancient ruins or planted the mines to deter government forces from advancing towards the city, also known as Tadmur.
"They have planted it yesterday. They also planted some around the Roman theatre, we still do not know the real reason," Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the Observatory, told Reuters.
The ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim group in May seized the city of 50,000 people, site of some of the world's most extensive and best-preserved ancient Roman ruins. Hmmmm......My guess they are preparing 'fireworks' for the end of Ramadan. Read the full story here.
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Daesh has placed TNT BOMBS around Bel temple ,say they will blow it up Sunday. #palmyra @arabthomness @archicivilians pic.twitter.com/afEu5d0b1c— Ceftali (@CanelaNisa) June 20, 2015
@JulianRoepcke bombs and fuel placed at Baal Shamin and Bel temple #palmyra #Syria by ISIS. SOS 5 hrs ago @Anaminona pic.twitter.com/X9ufGskPSi— Ceftali (@CanelaNisa) June 20, 2015