Yerevan Welcomes Palmyra Liberation


The ancient ruins of Palmyra

YEREVAN (—Armenia has welcomed the liberation of Palmyra by the Syrian National Army on Sunday.

“We welcome the liberation of ‪Palmyra‬. World Cultural heritage should be preserved,” the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a Facebook post.

Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian air support drove the Islamic State out of Palmyra on Sunday, inflicting what the army called a mortal blow to militants who seized the city last year and dynamited its ancient temples, Reuters reports.

The loss of Palmyra represents one of the biggest setbacks for the ultra-hardline Islamist group since it declared a caliphate in 2014 across large parts of Syria and Iraq.

The army general command said that its forces took over the city with support from Russian and Syrian air strikes, opening up the huge expanse of desert leading east to the Islamic State strongholds of Raqqa and Deir al-Zor.

Palmyra would become “a launchpad to expand military operations” against the group in those two provinces, it said, promising to “tighten the noose on the terrorist group and cut supply routes … ahead of their complete recapture”.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes continued on the eastern edge of Palmyra, around the prison and airport, but the bulk of the Islamic State force had withdrawn and retreated east, leaving the city under President Bashar al-Assad’s control.

According to the BBC, President Bashar al-Assad has hailed the recapture of Palmyra from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, as an “important achievement” in the “war on terrorism.”


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  1. Dr. Hermon Mihranian said:

    Syria liberated Palmira with help of the Russian forces.

  2. zarkim said:

    UNESCO is concerned about the Palmyra destruction. WHAT ABOUT all the ARMENIAN CHURCHES that have been destroyed? They were all more than 1000 years old.
    Unesco has called the destruction of Syria’s heritage by IS militants a war crime
    Unesco, the UN’s cultural agency, which has described the destruction of Palmyra as a war crime.
    All those responsible, including the American Administration for encouraging these terrorists destroy Armenian churches, should take responsibility, COMPENSATE and REPAIR Armenian HOLY CHURCHES destroyed by these terrorists led by TURKEY, organized by American Administration. UNESCO should make sure this happens…