Experts reveal Islamic State destroyed nearly 200 objects at Syrian museum

Experts reveal Islamic State destroyed nearly 200 objects at Syrian museum

Polish experts back from assessing damage at the museum in the Syrian city of Palmyra have offered grim new details about the extent of the destruction caused by the Islamic State group.

The museum was trashed and some of its best-known artefacts and statues were smashed by the extremists during the 10 months they controlled the town, before being driven out last month.

Bartosz Markowski, from the Polish Archaeological Centre at the University of Warsaw, said most of the 200 objects which were exhibited on the ground floor were destroyed, many of them with hard tools.

He and his colleagues spent a week collecting fragments of sculptures and preparing them for transportation to Damascus for conservation.

He said many artefacts have been stolen.

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