Scientists will examine UNESCO World Heritage sites in conflict areas.
The Russian Defense Ministry has authorized a group of scientists from the Cultural Heritage Institute to conduct a monitoring expedition in northern Syria. Researchers will visit historically important sites in response to media reports of damage during bombings.
A team of Russian scientists will travel to Syria in late 2016 to conduct a comprehensive inspection of World Heritage sites which reportedly have been destroyed by air strikes. Pyotr Vlasov from the Cultural Heritage Institute told the Izvestia daily newspaper that researchers will examine ancient settlements in Northern Syria, including the archaeological sites Jebel Seman 1, Jebel Seman 2 and Jebel Seman 3.
Russian scientists will be studying several sites, the institute said.