WATCH What's Left of Palmyra: First Footage of Liberated City Shown on TV

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A Russian TV channel broadcasted for the first time footage of the ancient city of Palmyra, which was recently liberated from Daesh terrorists by the Syrian army and the Desert Falcons fighters.

View of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra - Sputnik International
Syrian Army, Desert Falcons Gain Control Over Strategic Height Near Palmyra
The bird’s eye video was taken and aired by the Russian broadcaster Rossiya 24. It showed ruins, destroyed buildings and architectural monuments.

On Friday, the Syrian Army alongside the Desert Falcons regained control over the Palmyra Castle, a military source told Sputnik. Government troops and militia units have already taken control over all of the strategic heights in the area.

Daesh militants used the castle for sniper fire and mortar shelling of the heights controlled by the army.

The ancient ruins of Palmyra have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city was seized by Daesh in middle-May 2015. Before leaving the city, the Syrian Army evacuated the majority of its residents and the most precious museum antiquities. After Daesh seized the city a number of ancient ruins and temples faced destruction.

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