Syrian regime holds patriotic concert in retaken Palmyra

People attend a music concert in the ancient theatre of Syria's ravaged Palmyra on May 6, 2016 following its recapture by regime forces from the Islamic State group fighterThe Syrian regime on Friday put on a patriotic celebration at the ancient city of Palmyra, with flag-waving and military music in a place where just last year jihadists carried out mass executions. President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was able to display its control over the world heritage site six weeks after the army, with Russian help, recaptured it from Islamic State fighters. The event marked the centenary of Martyrs’ Day, when Syrian nationalists were executed in Damascus by the Ottoman occupiers in 1916.

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