The 2000-year-old city of Palmyra has been recaptured by Syrian government forces after having been in the hands of IS since last May. Now antiquities experts can move in to assess the damage the UNESCO World Heritage Site has sustained.
Syrian regime forces have seized the key town of Sukhna in Homs from the "Islamic State" (IS), opening the way to a besieged pro-government garrison. The jihadists also face an attack in their de facto capital of Raqqa.
For the first time since the destruction of Palmyra by the IS, two artworks from the city have been restored. Italian archaeologist Maria Laurenti spoke with DW about the political hurdles and challenges of restoration.
A donor conference in Paris committed millions to the protection of cultural heritage sites after meeting in the wake of the destruction of ancient Palmyra, Syria by IS.
Backed by Russian airstrikes, regime troops have successfully cleared the terrorists out of the area. This was the latest in a series of key defeats for so-called "Islamic State" militants.
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