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ISIL release video of ancient Palmyra 'still intact'

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ISIL release video of ancient Palmyra 'still intact'

<p>Islamist extremists have released a video which appears to show the ancient ruins in the city of Palmyra still intact.</p> <p>When the Sunni militants known as <span class="caps">ISIL</span> seized the city from Syrian government control last week it was feared they would destroy the famous Roman remains – as that have destroyed others in Syria and Iraq. </p> <p>Syria’s antiquities chief has independently confirmed via his own contacts on the ground that as yet the <span class="caps">UNESCO</span> World Heritage site has not been damaged.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en data-scribe-reduced-action-queue="><p lang="en" dir="ltr">When Palmyra rivaled the Roman Empire: <a href="http://t.co/B5XkHjY9dg">http://t.co/B5XkHjY9dg</a> <a href="http://t.co/idStmaUyPE">pic.twitter.com/idStmaUyPE</a></p>— Reuters Opinion (@ReutersOpinion) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReutersOpinion/status/603294874016841729">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>But there has been renewed shelling in the area. The Syrian air force says it has been targeting buildings captured by <span class="caps">ISIL</span>. A Syrian government spokesman said large numbers of Islamists have been killed near Palmyra’s military airbase.</p> <p>Meanwhile <span class="caps">ISIL</span> says it has been battling Syrian forces around the Jezel oil field nearby.</p> <p>Since the militants moved into Palmyra <span class="caps">ISIL</span>has killed at least 217 people execution style including children according to the British-based <a href="https://www.syriahr.com/en/">Syrian Observatory for Human Rights</a>.</p>