(By Bonny Apunyu)
Syria’s official Syrian TV reported Sunday that the Islamic State (IS) militants have killed at least 400 people since they stormed the ancient city of Palmyra on central Syria last Wednesday, according to Xinhua.
Reports say most of those killed in that millennia-old oasis city were women and children. Last Wednesday, the IS militants reportedly took full control of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria with reports indicating that both the residential parts and the historic parts, which host 2,000-year-old monuments and temples, of Palmyra have fallen to the IS group, according to a London-based monitor group.
Xinhua says the IS offensive against Palmyra started on May 13. The group has since captured the towns of Sukhneh and Amiriyeh and the al-Hail and Arak oilfields. Mamoun Abdulkarim, general director of Syrian antiquities and museums, reportedly told Xinhua that government forces managed to transport all movable ancient items from Palmyra to safe areas.