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In Syria, Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the Roman amphitheater in historic town of Palmyra.

State run news agency SANA says the militants destroyed "the facade" of the second-century amphitheater along with the tetrapylon, a cubic shaped ancient Roman monument.

Meanwhile, UNESCO has declared the destruction of two key cultural sites in Syria as War Crimes.

Director General of the UN cultural agency said in a statement on Friday that cultural cleansing led by violent extremists is seeking to destroy both human lives and historical monuments to deprive the Syrian people of their past and future.

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