BEIRUT, December 10. /TASS/. Islamic State re-entered the ancient city of Palmyra, some 240 km northeast of the capital of Damascus, on Saturday, the Al Arabiya TV channel said citing sources with the Syrian opposition.
The Syrian government forces have not confirmed the information so far. Earlier in the day, reinforcements have been relocated to repel Islamic State’s attack from the south. On Friday, terrorists seized seven military checkpoints near the city, killing 27 Syrian soldiers.
Islamic State has accumulated considerable forces outside Palmyra, which are fighting to capture oil wells in the Shaer and al-Maher fields.
Palmyra, the UNESCO World Heritage site, was retaken from terrorists on March 27 with the support of Russian air force’s strikes. Later on, Russian field engineers cleared the city and its nearby ancient monuments from mines.