Spokesman for the Syrian Coalition Salem al-Meslet strongly condemns ISIS’s execution of renowned Syrian archaeologist and researcher Khaled al-Asaad, Syrian archaeological in the town of Tadmur on Tuesday.
“This brutal and barbaric act, while adding to ISIS’s long list of atrocious crimes, aims to obliterate Syria’s past and present. The Assad regime’s deliberate and planned withdrawal of its forces from many locations in the wake of ISIS attacks as wells as its continued crimes against the Syrian people are just desperate attempts to besiege the Syrian Revolution and crush it,” Meslet said.
Meslet extends the most sincere condolences to Al-Asaad’s family, paying homage and gratitude for Al-Assaad’s decades-long career in archaeological research.
Al-Assad was a renowned antiquities scholar and was best known for his decades-long research in the field of archeology, history and Islamic civilization. Al-Asaad had worked over the past few decades with US, French, German and Swiss archaeological missions on excavations and research in Palmyra’s famed 2,000-year-old ruins, a Unesco world heritage site that includes Roman tombs and the Temple of Bel. (Source: Syrian Coalition)