Palmyra has been recaptured from ISIS but the damage to the priceless artefacts has been severe.
Regime forces have reclaimed the city and photos have been released showing the extent of the damage to the Museum of Palmyra, which was part of a UNESCO world heritage site.
Khaled al-Asaad, the 82 year old head of antiquities was brutally murdered trying to protect the museum he loved when he refused to reveal the location of valuable artefacts. He was interrogated by jihadists for a month when they decapitated his body and hung it from a column in August 2015.
Maamoun Abdul-Karim, Syria’s current head of antiquities and museums, said 150 mine traps had been removed from the area.
However, Abdul-Karim said the team couldn’t even reach some remote sites – including burial places – because there are still ‘hundreds of mines’ left.
Regime troops captured the town from Isis on Sunday, after three weeks of intense fighting and bloodshed.