BEYROUTH, Aug 19 : The Islamic State group has beheaded the 82-year-old former antiquities director for the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief and a monitor said.
Photos purporting to show Khaled al-Assaad's body tied to a post in Palmyra were circulated online by IS supporters.
Syria's antiquities Chief Maamoun Abdelkarim told AFP that Assaad was executed by the jihadist group on Tuesday 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. ?AFP