The ancient part of the central Syrian city of Palmyra is riddled with mines and bombs planted by Islamic State, according to a group monitoring the war.

As reported by Reuters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on June 21 it was not immediately clear whether the group was preparing to destroy the ancient ruins or planted the mines to deter government forces from advancing towards the city, also known as Tadmur.

"They have planted it yesterday. They also planted some around the ...

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