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ISIL militants reportedly seize Syrian city of Palmyra

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By Euronews
ISIL militants reportedly seize Syrian city of Palmyra

<p><span class="caps">ISIL</span> militants have seized almost all of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.</p> <p>It follows fierce fighting with government forces. </p> <p>The apparent capture is the first time the self-proclaimed Islamic State has taken control of a city directly from the Syrian army and allied forces.</p> <p>Residents had been evacuated, Syrian state television reported, after large groups of <span class="caps">ISIL</span> militants entered Palmyra from the north. </p> <p>“It is an international battle. If <span class="caps">ISIL</span> succeeds, it will not only be a victory over Syria’s people, but also one against America, China, France, Britain and Russia – and all permanent members in the Security Council,” said Maamoun Abdullkarim, Syrian Antiquities and Museums chief. </p> <p>Palymra is home to two-thousand-year-old monuments, which were put on <span class="caps">UNESCO</span>’s World Heritage in danger list two years ago. The fear is that <span class="caps">ISIL</span> militants will move in and demolish them.</p> <p>Fighters have already destroyed antiquities and ancient monuments in Iraq.</p> <p><a href="http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/10/the-cultural-cost-of-conflict-syria-s-ancient-treasures-in-ruins/">Read – Syria’s ancient treasures caught in a warzone</a></p>