Daesh seizes checkpoint near Palmyra: monitor

Published May 20th, 2015 - 12:24 GMT

Daesh (ISIS) engaged the regime in more heavy fighting near Palmyra in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, seizing a checkpoint after taking control of a security building, AFP reported.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Director Rami Abdel Rahman said the militants entered the northern city limits of the ancient area, regaining control of more territory and fighting government supporters at a security building near the city's Tadmor Military Prison.  

Daesh had seized most of the northern neighborhoods of Palmyra on Saturday but was pushed back by regime forces less than 24 hours later. Fighting in the city began May 13 and has left more than 350 people dead.

"A large number of people from the city's north have been displaced into other neighborhoods. Some are sleeping in the streets," activist Mohammad told AFP.

Daesh also seized two gas fields north of Palmyra on Monday, and authorities are concerned the ancient city's cultural antiquities are left vulnerable to the extremists' looting.  

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