PALMYRA (Sputnik) – The bulk of the Syrian army and militia forces have consolidated on strategic heights surrounding the historic city, but the assault has been complicated by a desert sandstorm.
"The terrorists have retreated to the city gardens, we are monitoring their movements from above. Several assault troops are carrying out an offensive down in the city. A few vehicles carrying fighters fled toward Raqqa during the night," a senior militia commander named Majid said.
A brigadier-general told Sputnik on Wednesday that the army had recaptured a historic part of the city from the militants.