Daesh-planted landmines hamper progress of Syrian army in Palmyra

Published March 29th, 2016 - 04:09 GMT
A picture shows on March 29, 2016 the remains of the Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra after it was blown up by Daesh militants.
A picture shows on March 29, 2016 the remains of the Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra after it was blown up by Daesh militants.

Landmines planted by Daesh militants have hampered the advance of Syrian regime forces into the ancient city of Palmyra in Homs province, local sources said.

Regime forces backed by Russian warplanes recaptured Palmyra – a UNESCO world heritage site – from Daesh on Sunday.

“Landmines planted by the Daesh group have prevented regime forces from entering many districts and areas in the city,” local sources told Anadolu Agency. “These landmines have caused many fatalities among regime forces during the offensive on the city and after controlling it.”

The landmines, the sources said, have also hindered the deployment of regime forces across the city.

Laying sophisticated booby traps is a signature Daesh tactic whenever the group retreats from areas under its control.


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