Syria: 'remains of Palmyra archaeologist found'

Assaad, killed by ISIS in 2015, found, Sana says

08 February, 12:07

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, FEBRUARY 8 - Syrian government news agency Sana has announced over the past few hours that the remains of Khaled al Assaad have been found. Assaad was a Syrian archaeologist killed by ISIS in 2015 in the region of Palmyra, north-east of Damascus.

    The killing of the elderly Khaled al Assaad, who died at 80, angered and moved the whole world. He was captured by ISIS in the area of Palmyra. After being tortured, he was beheaded at the center of the amphitheater of Palmyra. Palmyra hosts the monumental archaeological site to which Assaad had dedicated since the 1960s his work as a researcher in collaboration with international archaeological missions and UNESCO. Assaad received numerous awards during his activity and after his death. In Italy, in October 2015, President Sergio Mattarella named after the archaeologist the area of cultural interest of the Arsenali della Repubblica in Pisa, which had just been renovated.

    Also in 2015 Khaled al Asaad was honored as a "righteous" in Milan's Garden of the Righteous. The Sana news agency stated that Assaad's body was found together with the remains of two others in the area of Kahlul, east of Palmyra. The remains of the "martyr" are now in Damascus so DNA tests will confirm or deny the identity. (ANSAmed).

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