ISIS reported to have beheaded curator of world heritage site Palmyra

The archeologist who used to take care of the historic ruins of Palmyra in Syria is reported to have been killed by the Islamic State militants, known as ISIS.

Khaled Asaad kien was kidnapped and held hostage by ISIS when they captured this UNESCO world heritage site earlier this year.

Syria’s Antiques Director, Maamoun Abdulkarim said that the family of the 82-year-old scholar reported that “ISIS fighters have beheaded him”.

Khaled Asaad spent more than 50 years working on the site of Palmyra – considered to be the archeological jewel of the Middle East.

 

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