- At least 40 bodies found in a grave in Palmyra this week, the Syrian Arab News Agency says
- Many were women and children, SANA reports, and some show signs of torture
- Syrian army forces and militias chased out ISIS on March 27, state-run media said
The liberating forces found a mass grave with at least 40 bodies — many of whom were women and children — in the northeastern part of Palmyra this week, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported.
The dead are believed to have been among hundreds killed by ISIS after it stormed into the central Syrian city in May, SANA reported.
Some of the remains show signs of beheading and torture, SANA said.
Palmyra, in the Homs countryside northeast of Damascus, is a place of ancient ruins that are considered to be among the world’s most treasured, and is recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site.
Palmyra was a caravan oasis when Romans overtook it in the mid-first century. In the centuries that followed, the area “stood at the crossroads of several civilizations” with its art and architecture mixing Greek, Roman and Persian influences, according to UNESCO, the U.N. agency that documents the world’s most important cultural and natural sites.