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A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a partial view of the theatre at the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

A Syrian official said May 17 that the situation is "fully under control" in Palmyra despite breaches by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants who pushed into the historic town a day earlier.

Foreign media: IS militants evacuated in Syria ancient cultural relics around the mine

Foreign media: IS militants evacuated in Syria ancient cultural relics around the mine

The Arch of Triumph,  one of the most recognisable sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra (pictured before it was destroyed), has been blown up by ISIS extremists as they continue their campaign against heritage sites

ISIS will have destroy all of Palmyra, warns Syrian antiquities chief

A picture taken on March 2014 shows a partial view of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus.

ISIS Just Captured One of Syria's Most Magnificent Ancient Cities | Mother Jones

Syria army takes control of Damascus-Palmyra road: monitor

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Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus, was a jewel of the ancient world and is revered because its Greco-Roman ruins are so well preserved

Hadrian’s Gate, Palmyra Known as the ‘Venice of the Sands’, the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra – located at the edge of an oasis of date palms and gardens – was a wealthy caravan centre from the 1st to the 3rd centuries CE, sometimes independent and at other times under the control of Rome Photograph: Fernando Arias/Getty Images/Flickr RF

How the ancient city of Palmyra looked before the fighting – in pictures

Hadrian’s Gate, Palmyra Known as the ‘Venice of the Sands’, the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra – located at the edge of an oasis of date palms and gardens – was a wealthy caravan centre from the 1st to the 3rd centuries CE, sometimes independent and at other times under the control of Rome Photograph: Fernando Arias/Getty Images/Flickr RF

ISIS Damages Temple of Baal in Palmyra - The New York Times

ISIS Damages Temple of Baal in Palmyra

ISIS Damages Temple of Baal in Palmyra - The New York Times

ISIS Has Taken 'Cultural Cleansing' In Syria And Iraq To 'Unprecedented Levels': UN

Islamic State destroys priceless statues in ancient city of Palmyra

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2015/may/22/ancient-city-palmyra-before-capture-islamic-state-in-pictures

Ancient city of Palmyra before its capture by Islamic State – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2015/may/22/ancient-city-palmyra-before-capture-islamic-state-in-pictures

The ancient city may have been destroyed, but it is still a treasured cultural site

Unesco: Don’t Worry, Palmyra Is Still Authentic

Unesco: Don’t Worry, Palmyra Is Still Authentic The ancient city may have been destroyed, but it is still a treasured cultural site Palmyra Ruins

The sanctuary of Baal in Palmyra, March 14, 2014.

This Is The Ancient City Of Treasures Now At Risk Of Destruction By ISIS

{  PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE RUINS OF PALMYRA NOW THREATENED BY THE ISLAMIC STATE  } #ForeignPolicy .......  ''After conquering large parts of eastern Syria and western Iraq, Islamic State fighters have frequently destroyed ancient artifacts.''.....     https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/05/21/photographs-of-the-ruins-of-palmyra-now-threatened-by-the-islamic-state/?utm_content=buffer393d4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Photographs of the Ruins of Palmyra Now Threatened by the Islamic State

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Palmyra was an ancient city in central Syria. Located in an oasis, it had long been a vital caravan stop for travellers crossing the Syrian desert and was known as the Bride of the Desert. Palmyra is mentioned in the Bible as part of Solomon's Kingdom.

Temple Palmyre - Photo Biehler

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A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a partial view of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID        (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Palmyra is home to some of the world's best-preserved ruins.

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