Fri Apr 1, 2016 9:33AM
Syrian forces flash victory signs and carry a Syrian national flag on the edge of the historic city of Palmyra in Homs Province, in this file handout picture provided by SANA on March 26, 2016. (Via Reuters)
Syrian forces flash victory signs and carry a Syrian national flag on the edge of the historic city of Palmyra in Homs Province, in this file handout picture provided by SANA on March 26, 2016. (Via Reuters)
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Syrian army’s recapture of Palmyra from Daesh, expressing hope that the government will rebuild and protect the UNESCO-listed city.

Addressing a press conference in the Jordanian capital, Amman, Ban said, “The extremist terrorists, they have been not only killing brutally people, they have been destroying human civilizations.”

In another development, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered felicitations to Assad on the liberation of Palmyra.