Syrian army advances toward Palmyra: state news

Published July 8th, 2015 - 04:45 GMT

The Syrian army has reportedly pushed Daesh militants from three areas near the ancient city of Palmyra in the country's central province of Homs.

On Wednesday, the official Syrian Arab News Agency reported that the army had established full control over Nazl Hayyal, al-Qadiri farm, and Thaniet al-Rajma in Palmyra’s surroundings.

A number of militants were killed in army airstrikes that had targeted their gatherings in Palmyra and its surroundings.

On May 21, extremists took control of Palmyra, which is an ancient city on the list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s World Heritage sites and is situated about 215 kilometers (133 miles) northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus.

SANA also reported that army units had, in cooperation with Internal Security forces and national backup forces, taken control of the al-Lailiyeh neighborhood in Hasakah, the capital of a northeastern Syria province of the same name, after destroying the last hideouts for Daesh in the area.

Syria has been facing an uprising since March 2011. The violence has reportedly left over 230,000 people dead so far.

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