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Mass Grave Found in Syria's Palmyra

Palmyra, coined as the "bride of the desert," used to attract tens of thousands of tourists every year.

Voice of America reporting: Palmyra, coined as the "bride of the desert," used to attract tens of thousands of tourists every year. ISIS took the city from government forces in a matter of days in May 2015 and later demolished many famous Roman-era monuments in the UNESCO world heritage site.

ISIS deemed the works to be blasphemous because of depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. The destruction has angered and saddened millions around the world who call it another example of Islamic State terrorism. But more horrifying atrocities were to follow in the oncoming months.

With a significant amount of Russian air support, Syrian government forces have driven ISIS militants out of the city of Palmyra last Sunday. Soon after, a discovery was made. One that will not be forgotten by the Syrian people for years to come.

Syrians officials have reported a finding of a mass grave on the northeastern edge of Palmyra after the city was taken back from the hands of Islamic State militants. This information has been confirmed by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The grave contained at least 40 bodies many of which were women and, also, to everyone’s shock and dismay, children.

This, no matter how horrific it may sound, could be the first grave of many, with the monitoring group from London calculating the death toll of as many as 300 people for 10 months of Palmyra’s occupation. Their remains could still be buried on the outskirts of the city.

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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