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Fabled ruins, artifacts of Palmyra, Syria, fall into hands of Islamic State
Fabled ruins, artifacts of Palmyra, Syria, fall into hands of Islamic State

Islamic State militants have entered the museum in the captured Syrian city of Palmyra, but there was no immediate word about the fate of precious artifacts or of the fabled ruins outside town, Syria’s antiquities chief said Thursday. The possibility that the extremists could damage or destroy the majestic ruins -- considered among the world's most magnificent architectural sites -- has drawn international alarm and calls that the site be protected. The entire city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur, has been captured by the militants, said Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s general director of antiquities and museums. Syrian news media reported that pro-government forces had...

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