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Bombs Planted By IS Removed From Historic Palmyra

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Video 'Five Years Needed' To Restore Historic Ruins Of Palmyra

The ancient ruins of the Syrian town of Palmyra damaged by Islamic State (IS) militants can be restored in five years, according to the country's antiquities chief.

Syrian officials says 150 bombs planted by the Islamic State extremist group have been removed by demining experts in the historic town of Palmyra.

Syria's head of antiquities and museums, Maamoun Abdul-Karim, told AP on March 29 that a technical team has returned to Damascus after two days of work in Palmyra.

Syrian troops captured the town from IS militants on March 27 after three weeks of intense fighting.

Abdul-Karim said the team photographed inside the museum where many statues were damaged by IS during its 10-month control of Palmyra.

He said the technical team couldn't reach some remote sites, including the burial places, because there are "hundreds of mines" left.

Syrian state media reported that war planes struck several IS vehicles and targets east of Palmyra.

Based on reporting by AP

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