SYRIAN ARMY 850 METRES AWAY FROM PALMYRA CITY
DAMASCUS, Syria, Mar 24 Syrian government forces are now only 850 metres from the millennia-old city of Palmyra in central Syria, which is held by the Daesh group, Syria’s state-run TV reported on Wednesday.
Following “qualitative” operations by the Syrian army against the Daesh in the vicinity of Palmyra, the city has become encircled, said the TV.
It added that, the Syrian forces will be able to recapture the city in the next few hours, adding that, Russian helicopters have targeted the armoured vehicles of the Daesh in Palmyra.
The Syrian forces also used motorcycles, in their attack on the Daesh in Palmyra, due to the geographical nature of that area.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, the Syrian forces, backed by Russian air strikes, have approached the outskirts of Palmyra, following days of intense battles to recapture the city, in the eastern countryside of the central province of Homs.
The UK-based watchdog group said, intense battles are raging at the southern and south-western outskirts of Palmyra between the Syrian forces and the Daesh militants.
It added that, the Syrian army is heavily shelling the Daesh positions inside Palmyra, amid heavy air strikes against the terror group.
The progress came, just a day after the Syrian forces captured all hills and highlands surrounding Palmyra, according to pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV.
The progress secured the Syrian army progress on the western entrance of Palmyra, which was supported by joint Russian-Syrian air strikes.
Since capturing it last May, the terror-labelled Daesh group destroyed the city’s notorious military prison and several Islamic tombs.
The Daesh also put on public executions of government soldiers and people accused of working for the government.
Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world.
Syria has many prehistoric, Greek, Byzantine and Islamic heritages. Before the crisis, Syria had attracted many multinational archaeological missions, coming to search new clues of historical facts on the development of civilisations.