German Foreign Office Minister of State Maria Böhmer paid tribute to Khaled al‑Asaad, pioneering archaeologist and curator of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, who was killed by Daesh aka ISIL/ISIS terrorist franchise.
“We condemn the horrific killing of Khaled al‑Asaad by the terrorist militia group ISIS,” Böhmer said. “There can be no justification for this inhuman crime. Our profound sympathy goes out to Mr al‑Asaad’s family. Khaled al‑Assad was one of Syria’s most outstanding experts on the ancient world and the ruins of Palmyra, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1980 and on the List of World Heritage in Danger since 2013.
“This crime is therefore also an attack on the cultural identity of Syria’s people and humanity as a whole. Khaled al‑Asaad’s personal commitment to international archaeological cooperation, particularly with the German Archaeological Institute, was exemplary.
“His beheading and the disrespectful treatment of his mortal remains are yet another demonstration of the barbarity of ISIS. This act shows that the international community must stand together to combat ISIS terrorism.”
Khaled al‑Asaad, 82, was beheaded on 18 August and his body hung in the ruins of Palmyra. Photographs published online showed his body tied to a pillar. He was put to death in an open space in Palmyra with dozens of people watching. Deash has also destroyed parts of Palmyra and the future of the remaining parts of the monument remains in the balance.