Syrian authorities acknowledged loss of Palmyra to ISIS militants

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Jihadists occupied the entire city after they were able to capture the northern outskirts and the strategic heights.

Terrorist group Islamic State captured Syrian historic city of Palmyra again, reports DW referring to AFP and the data from observers.

It happened after the Syrian forces abandoned the city.

“Despite the prolonged air strikes, the Islamic State recaptured all of Palmyra after the Syrian army withdrew from the city to the south,” said the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman.

According to him, the jihadists instantly took over the whole city after they were able to capture the northern outskirts and the strategic heights.

Earlier, observers reported that massive air strikes of Russian Air Force forced the militants of the Islamic State off Palmyra.

ISIS started an attack on the city on December 8, seizing the territory in the north-west of Palmyra, including the oil and gas fields located in the area.

Palmyra was under control of militants for almost a year from May 2015 to March 2016. During this time, the Islamists destroyed and looted some of the ancient monuments.

Source: korrespondent.net