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.
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.
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.
The Syrian army has seized control of parts of Palmyra from the so-called "Islamic State." Government forces, backed by Russian military support, have been battling IS militants for weeks to reach the historic city.
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.
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