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Daily Mail: The ancient city that has stood for 2,000 years but now faces destruction at the hands of ISIS: Fears for Palmyra, the archaeological jewel of the Middle East which Islamists want to reduce to rubble as modern barbarians gather at its gates

* Fears grow for city that's 'an irreplaceable treasure for the Syrian people'
* Syria's head of antiquities made an appeal for international action
* UNESCO describes Palmyra as a site of 'outstanding universal value'
* Syria's army dispatched reinforcements to Palmyra to push back IS

Islamic State terrorists advanced to the gates of ancient Palmyra on Thursday, raising fears the Syrian world heritage site could face destruction of the kind the jihadists have already wreaked in Iraq.

As it overran nearby villages, IS executed 26 civilians - 10 of whom were beheaded - for 'collaborating with the regime,' the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Irina Bokova, head of the UN's cultural body UNESCO, called on Syrian troops and extremists to spare Palmyra, saying it 'represents an irreplaceable treasure for the Syrian people, and the world.'

More News On The Islamic State Now Threatening The UNESCO Site At Palmyra

Syrian forces battle IS near ancient ruins of Palmyra -- BBC
Syria sends reinforcements to Palmyra -- AFP
Ancient Palmyra ruins threatened as ISIL advances in Syria -- USA Today
ISIS Advance in Syria Endangers Ancient Ruins at Palmyra -- NYT
Ancient Palmyra Site in Syria at Risk From Fighting Between Islamic State and Regime -- WSJ
Antiquities at risk: Islamic State surrounds ancient ruins of Palmyra -- CSM
UNESCO chief alarmed by clashes near Syria's ancient Palmyra -- AP
U.N. Appeals To Syria's Warring Groups To Spare Ancient City Of Palmyra -- NPR
UNESCO worries as Daesh advances on ancient Syrian city of Palmyra -- Al Bawaba
2,000-year-old ruins in the Syrian desert face destruction by ISIS -- Mashable

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