The Syrian army backed by Russian jets completed the recapture of ancient Palmyra city from ISIS terrorists.
The government forces are clearing neighbourhoods of mines and have not spread out into the whole city yet. Russian support has been a key in the Syrian army’s Palmyra push, and its warplanes continued to bombard ISIS positions inside and near the city on Thursday.
The jihadists first seized Palmyra in May 2015 and began to systematically destroy and loot the UNESCO world heritage site’s monuments and temples. They were driven out in March 2016 but recaptured the city in December when the Government was focused on liberation of Eastern Aleppo. Before ISIS first entered the city, Palmyra boasted temples, colonnaded alleys and elaborately decorated tombs that were among the best preserved classical monuments in the Middle East.