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Extent of Palmyra destruction laid bare in pictures

Dramatic pictures have emerged showing the extent of the damage inflicted by so-called Islamic State on monuments and artefacts in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

The city has been held by the so-called Islamic State for nearly a year but has reportedly been recaptured by Syrian forces.

Damaged Lion of Al-Lat statue at the museum of historica Palmyra Credit: Reuters
Carnage left behind inside the historic museum Credit: Reuters
Another damaged artefact inside the museum Credit: Reuters

Drone footage shows damage to Palmyra monuments

Drone footage has been released showing some of the damage caused to Roman monuments in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

Syrian government forces have reportedly retaken full control of the historical city, a year after it was captured by so-called Islamic State.

During its occupation of the area, IS is believed to have destroyed several valuable sites and antiquities.

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