Syrian army captures entire Palmyra from Daesh terrorists

Syrian armed forces have successfully established full control over the ancient city of Palmyra in the west-central Homs Province, latest in a string of victories over the Daesh Takfiri terrorists.

“After heavy fighting during the night, the army is in full control of Palmyra — both the ancient site and the residential neighborhoods,” an unnamed military source said on Sunday.

“Army sappers are in the process of defusing dozens of bombs and mines planted inside the ancient site,” the anonymous military source added.

Syrian pro-government forces hold a position in Palmyra on March 26, 2016, during a military operation to retake the ancient city from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. ©AFP 

The major gain came after Syrian army’s advances in the western and northern parts of Palmyra during the past several days and intensive military operations in the south.

The historic city fell to Daesh last May. The Syrian army and allied forces kicked off an assault earlier this month to take Palmyra back with the help of airstrikes and artillery fire.

Daesh militants have reportedly pulled out of the city after the army recaptured it on Sunday and are said to have retreated to the cities of Sukhnah, Raqqah and Dayr al-Zawr in the east.

By Press TV