As Palmyra falls, Daesh now controls half of Syria

Published May 21st, 2015 - 07:51 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

Following advancements in Palmyra, Daesh (ISIS) now controls more than half of Syria, reports Reuters.

Late Wednesday AFP reported that Daesh had nearly taken full control of Syria's northeastern ancient city Palmyra after heavy clashes with regime forces.

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 militants also seized two of Syria's gas fields northeast of Palmyra on Monday.

Daesh began its offensive in Palmyra over a week ago. Since the start of the campaign, 350 have been killed.

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