CAIRO: Egypt welcomes the rescue of the archeological city of Palmyra in Syria from the Islamic State Group, stated Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid Tuesday evening.
Egypt has been gripped by fears of the destruction of archeological cultural heritage in Iraq and Syria by IS militants, he said, adding “Egypt has called for hosting an international conference titled ‘Cultural Heritage Under Threat,” Abu Zeid continued.
The Syrian army with help of Russian fighter jets targeted IS group militants and encircled the city, reported Syrian News Agency (SANA).
The Islamic State group took control of Palmyra city in May 2015, and destroyed many archeological sites and artifacts.
Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova welcomed the “liberation” of the city, saying in a statement “The destruction of temples of Baal Shamin and Bel, the funeral towers and the Triumphal Arch are an immense loss for the Syrian people and the world.”