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Κυριακή, 22 Ιανουαρίου 2017

Isis κατέστρεψε το μνημείο (Unesco) Tetrapylon στην Palmyra...

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Isis militants have destroyed part of the Roman 
amphitheatre in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra 
and its iconic tetrapylon, Syria’s state news agency 
and activists from the city said.
The four-sided tetrapylon monument was one of the most famous 
sites at Palmyra, a Unesco world heritage site that Isis recaptured 
for the second time last month. 
Syrian government forces, under the cover of Russian air power, 
wrested back control of the city from Isis in March 2016, 
but lost it again as they diverted their attention to rebels fighting 
a near six-year war against President Bashar al-Assad. 
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group, 
said the historic sites were rigged with explosives 10 days earlier 
and blown up during the past 48 hours. 
Isis has previously destroyed historic treasures in Palmyra and 
elsewhere in Syria. Irina Bokova, director-general of Unesco, 
described the latest destruction as a “new war crime”. 
 “This new blow against cultural heritage, just a few hours 
after Unesco received reports about mass executions in the theatre, 
shows that cultural cleansing led by violent extremists is seeking 
to destroy both human lives and historical monuments,” 
Ms Bokova said.

Backed by Russia and Iran, Mr Assad has made decisive gains 
against rebels in recent months, but jihadi groups, including Isis, 
still control large swaths of territory across northern and 
eastern Syria. Unrest has been rising in northwestern parts 
of the country, where an air strike hit the base of another 
powerful Islamist group, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (JFS), which 
has links to al-Qaeda, killing at least 40 people, according 
to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. 
 Other Syrian activists say the death toll could be much higher, 
and locals say there is an escalating assault on JFS. 
The group was formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra before it 
disavowed its affiliation with al-Qaeda, a claim that international 
powers and most local rebel groups discount as propaganda. 
 About 100 of its fighters have been killed this month, 
with the group targeted by a US-led international coalition 
that is fighting Isis and JSF.
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