Daesh almost in full control of Palmyra: monitor

Published May 20th, 2015 - 07:30 GMT

Daesh (ISIS) has taken nearly full control of Syria's northeastern ancient city Palmyra after heavy clashes with regime forces, AFP reported Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Director Rami Abdel Rahman said the militants control "almost all of Palmyra" with the exception of a prison in the east and military intelligence headquarters in the west.

The announcement comes less than 12 hours after the monitor said the group had overtaken one-third of Palmyra, including a northern checkpoint and a security building. The extremists have also taken control of two gas fields in the northern area.

Daesh's offensive on Palmyra began a week ago, and since then at least 350 people have been killed in the clashes. 

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