ISIS is back in Palmyra

 
ISIS is back in Palmyra
After three days of fighting, ISIS has again taken over parts of the historic city of Palmyra in Syria, according to SOHR.

The extremist group was driven from the ancient city, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, eight months ago.

Abdel Rahman, head of the exile group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), announced Friday that ISIS stood just on the outskirts of the city, and that they were in battles with Syrian government forces. On Saturday the extremists advanced forward and retook parts of the city.

- IS entered Palmyra Saturday, and they are now in the northwestern part. There are also ongoing battles with the army in the center of the city, says Rahman.

ISIS took the city in May last year, and caused heavy damage both in the modern city and in the ancient Palmyra, where the Islamic group destroyed temples and other monuments.

The battles in Palmyra in recent days have cost many lives. Friday it was announced that 49 government soldiers were killed by ISIS within one day. ISIS also claims on Saturday that they have shot down one of the regime's aircraft at the oil fields near Jazal, a city northwest of Palmyra.

The US-led coalition against IS says that at the end of last week it conducted an extensive attack against IS' tankers near the ancient city. 168 vehicles that transported oil and fuel are said to have been destroyed.

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