According to Syrian antiquities chief, Maamoun Abdul-Karim, Syrian engineers and bombing experts have removed about 150 bombs and mines planted by ISIS inside the archaeological sites of the historic city of Palmyra.
The Syrian antiquities official said that a technical team had temporarily returned to Damascus after two days of demining efforts in and arround Palmyra city.
However, Maamoun Abdul-Karim noted that the technical team could not reach some remote sites, including the burial places, because there are “hundreds of mines” left.
The city itself was captured 3 days ago in what marked a symbolic victory for the Syrian Arab Army, while an estimated 600 jihadist ISIS fighters were left dead on the battlefield.
Regrettably, Abdul-Karim told the media that his team had taking pictures inside the museum and found many statues that were either damaged or utterly destroyed by ISIS during its 10-month occupation of Palmyra.