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Palmyra to rise from the ashes thanks to scientists

Damascus experts start reconstructing ancient sculptures

Scientists in Damascus have begun reconstructing ancient sculptures from the city of Palmyra that were damaged by Islamic State (IS) during Syria's civil war, the Russian defence ministry said.

A group of eight experts has started work on the statues and sculptures rescued from Palmyra, the ministry said in a statement.

The ancient city is home to one of the Middle East's most spectacular archaeological sites. Many of them were badly damaged by IS in 2015.

Palmyra is a world heritage site protected by the United Nation's cultural agency.

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