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Syria's Palmyra in peril as IS seizes ancient city

The advance by Islamic State fighters on the ancient city of Palmyra has raised fears the Syrian world heritage site could be destroyedIslamic State group jihadists seized Syria’s Palmyra on Thursday, as UNESCO warned that the destruction of the ancient city would be “an enormous loss to humanity”. The capture of Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old metropolis, reportedly leaves more than half of Syria under IS control and comes days after the group also expanded its control in Iraq. Palmyra “is the birthplace of human civilisation.

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