Russian conductor Valery Gergiev to hold Palmyra concert

A renowned Russian conductor will perform in the ruins of Palmyra in Syria on Thursday, Russian media say.

Valery Gergiev will perform at Palmyra’s Roman Theatre, Rossiya 24 reported.

Syrian forces, backed by Russian air strikes, took back Palmyra from the so-called Islamic State (IS) in March.

Last July, IS posted footage online showing some of its fighters carrying out killings in the ancient theatre.

Rossiya 24 said the concert would be broadcast on Russian television later on Thursday.

Mr Gergiev travelled to Syria with the Symphony Orchestra of St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, where he is artistic director.

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