Daesh retake ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

Published December 11th, 2016 - 03:00 GMT
Before the war some 150,000 tourists a year visited Palmyra. (AFP/File)
Before the war some 150,000 tourists a year visited Palmyra. (AFP/File)

Daesh forces have control of Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra once again on Sunday, the second time they have claimed the city in days and more than eight months after the militia was ousted by government forces, a monitoring group reports.

Daesh fighters have seized the historic city, its airport and a castle located outside Palmyra despite intense airstrikes by regime jets and those of its ally, Russia, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights adds.

The militants’ breakthrough comes hours after the air bombardment forced them to leave Palmyra following a brief takeover late Saturday.

In late March, government forces recaptured Palmyra, which Daesh had seized in May 2015, wreaking havoc on the city's famed monuments.


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