Regime Forces Enter ISIL-Held Palmyra
With the help of 158 airstrikes from Russian aircraft, President Assad’s regime forces have take control of some neighbourhoods in Palmyra, Syria.
ISIL militants overran the ancient city in May last year, taking control of the UNESCO World Heritage site and the nearby town. There has been widespread outcry and condemnation as the group has destroyed several historic monuments and buildings.
Palmyra is also the site of the infamous regime ‘Tadmur’ prison, where thousands of political and military prisoners have been tortured and murdered over the last few decades.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring group, says that regime forces have retaken three neighbourhoods from ISIL in clashes that began on Thursday.