Syrian air force targets Daesh-held Palmyra, activists say

Published May 25th, 2015 - 08:45 GMT
According to Britian-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian air force on Monday conducted airstrikes against a number of targets in Daesh-held UNESCO World Heritage site Palmyra.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
According to Britian-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian air force on Monday conducted airstrikes against a number of targets in Daesh-held UNESCO World Heritage site Palmyra. (AFP/Joseph Eid)

Syria’s air force conducted at least 15 strikes in and around the Daesh-held city of Palmyra early Monday, reported Reuters.

The airstrikes targeted structures seized by Daesh, including the military intelligence building and the city’s main hospital, said activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. 

Extremist militant group Daesh overran the ancient Syrian city Thursday after an over week-long offensive that left at least 300 Syrian soldiers dead, according to Observatory estimates. 

The Syrian Observatory also says Daesh has killed at least 217 locals, including children, execution-style since May 16.  

Palmyra represents a key strategic gain on the crossroads between Homs and Damascus.  Daesh’s advancements in both Palmyra and Iraq’s Ramadi last week have been the two biggest victories for the militants since taking Mosul last summer in a major offensive. 


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