Islamic State ‘beheads’ archaeologist in Palmyra

IS has reportedly beheaded a prominent Syrian antiquities scholar in Palmyra before hanging his body from a column. Khaled al-Asaad, 82, was taken hostage after the group seized the ancient site earlier this year.

Khaled al-Asaad, who had looked after the ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria for more than 50 years before Islamic State (IS) captured the UNESCO World Heritage site in May, was reportedly beheaded Tuesday afternoon in a square outside the town’s museum.

Dozens of people gathered to witness the killing, before his body was taken to Palmyra’s archaeological site and hung from one of the Roman columns, Syrian state news agency SANA and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday.

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