Islamic State Blows Up Empty Prison Complex in Syria's Palmyra

Islamic State blew up a major prison complex in the central Syrian city of Palmyra on Saturday, according to a group monitoring the war, destroying an important symbol of government control in the jihadist-held city. Rami Abdul rahman from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, " The prison was empty of people at the time of the detonation. But Islamic State fighters, who captured the city from government forces earlier this month, are not reported to have harmed its 2,000-year-old monuments and the prison explosion is the first report of major destruction since the takeover."