Syria's antiquities chief Maamoun Abdelkarim said that Assaad was executed by the jihadist group yesterday afternoon in Palmyra, in central Homs province.
    
"Daesh has executed one of Syria's most important antiquities experts," Abdelkarim said, using an Arabic acronym for IS. "He was the head of antiquities in Palmyra for 50 years and had been retired for 13 years... He was 82 years old," he added.
    
Abdelkarim said the former antiquities official's body had been hung in the ancient ruins in Palmyra after being beheaded. But the photo circulating online showed a body on a median strip of a main road, tied to what appeared to be a lamp post.
    
IS captured Palmyra, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage site, from government forces on May 21, prompting international concerns about the fate of the city's antiquities.

 

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