Syrian soldier guards the entrance to Palmyra"s museum next to the broken statue of the Lion of Palmyra in the ancient Syrian city

Syrian troops have found a mass grave containing about 40 bodies in the city of Palmyra following its recapture from the Islamic State (IS) group, state news agency Sana reports.

The grave containing the bodies of men, women and children was uncovered on the north-eastern edge of the city.

Some had been beheaded while others had been shot, a military source told AFP.

He said they were officers, soldiers, members of pro-regime militia and their relatives.

Twenty-four of the victims were civilians, including three children, the source added.

The bodies have been transferred to a military hospital in the provincial capital Homs. Some have reportedly been identified.

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Last Sunday, the Syrian army, backed by Russian forces, recaptured Palmyra and its Unesco-listed ruins, which IS overran in May last year.

IS militants executed at least 280 people during their occupation of the city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group.

They also caused extensive damage to the world-renowned antiquities site.

A general view for the historical city of Palmyra with the Fakhr-al-Din al-Maani Castle also known as Palmyra Castle in the backgroundImage copyrightEPA
Image captionPalmyra’s ancient ruins have been extensively damaged by IS


[Source:- BBC]