Islamic State Palmyra Capture Shows Need to Act, Hollande Says

Islamic State’s capture of the ancient site of Palmyra in Syria underlines the need for action to prevent civilian deaths and destruction of cultural monuments, French President Francois Hollande said.

Speaking in Riga, Latvia, on Thursday after the seizure of Palmyra by militants belonging to Islamic State, also known as Daesh, Hollande said that “it’s a strong emotion to see a site that holds this wealth, wealth that belongs to humanity, to see the site captured by a terrorist group.”

“Every day there are massacres in Syria, violence is committed against the population,” Hollande told journalists ahead of a meeting of European Union leaders. “We must act, because the threat is to monuments that belong to humanity and at the same we must act to fight Daesh, to find a political solution in Syria. This is what France is doing and has been doing for a long time”