This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. (SANA via AP, File)
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ISIS jihadis seized full control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra Thursday, putting the world heritage site and its priceless artifacts at risk of destruction.The jihadis, notorious for demolishing archaeological treasures since declaring a "caliphate" last year straddling Iraq and Syria, fought their way into Palmyra on foot after breaking through in the city's north.Before Syria's conflict began in March 2011, more than 150,000 tourists visited Palmyra every yearFierce clashes in and around Palmyra have cost the lives of at least 462 people, including 71 civilians, 241 regime forces, and 150 jihadis, the Observatory said.By taking Palmyra, which sits 210 kilometers (130 miles) northeast of Damascus in desert that extends to the Iraqi frontier, ISIS controls more than 95,000 square kilometers of Syria, according to the monitor.
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