Islamic World

Syrian Govt. reclaims ‘Palmyra’ from ISIS

Syrian Govt. reclaims ‘Palmyra’ from ISIS

Syrian Government forces recaptured the desert oasis city of Palmyra on Sunday after driving out the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters, who had imposed a brutal occupation for the better part of a year.

Syrian state media, which has closely covered a three-week push by President Bashar al-Assad to regain the city, aired celebratory footage showing government soldiers around the archaeological sites, reports Guardian.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said that there was ongoing fighting in a few districts of the city as well as at a military prison.

ISIS drove Syrian government forces from Palmyra in few days last year and later demolished some of the best-known monuments in the UNESCO world heritage site, including two large temples dating back more than 1,800 years and a Roman triumphal archway.(ANI)