Palmyra faces renewed Daesh threat in Syria

Published May 12th, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
Syrian troops walk down a street in the ancient city of Palmyra on March 24, 2016. (AFP/File)
Syrian troops walk down a street in the ancient city of Palmyra on March 24, 2016. (AFP/File)

It is reported that Daesh militants are advancing towards the Syrian city of Palmyra for a second time.

It comes several weeks after the government took it back from the Daesh group.

The reports emerged on Wednesday in the final hours of a ceasefire in Aleppo, which was extended by 48 hours earlier this week.

There have been a number of short-term local truces in place. But fighting has continued between rebels and government forces.

The US and Russia have said they will work to revive a February "cessation of hostilities" agreement, that has reduced violence in parts of Syria.

It – and the local truces – do not include Daesh or al Qaeda's Syrian branch, the Nusra Front.


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