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Syrian Army, Desert Falcons Gain Control Over Strategic Height Near Palmyra

© AFP 2021 / Joseph EIDView of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra
View of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra - Sputnik International
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Syrian government forces and Desert Falcons fighters have gained control over a strategically important height near Palmyra in the Homs province, a military source told Sputnik.

According to the source which participates in the operation aimed at the liberation of Palmyra, the Syrian army has restored control over the Qalaat Fakhr ad-Din al-Maani Castle, also known as the "Palmyra Castle".

"The infantry of the Syrian army together with allied forces regained control of the entrance to the city Palmyra after a height of Alseriaatal was liberated yesterday and the historic Castle of Palmyra today," the source told Sputnik Arabic.

© AFP 2021 / STRINGERSyria's ancient city of Palmyra
Syria's ancient city of Palmyra - Sputnik International
Syria's ancient city of Palmyra

According to him, the complete liberation of Palmyra is now a matter of time after a major operation has been launched and a huge advance has been achieved from three sides of the city.

Fakhr-al-Din al-Maani Castle - Sputnik International
Landmark Victory: How Syrian Desert Falcons Wiped Out Daesh From Palmyra
Earlier in the day, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported that the Syrian army and the Desert Falcons militia commenced an assault on the ancient citadel of Palmyra.

On Thursday, army and militia consolidated their positions on the territory of the hotel complex in southeastern Palmyra after a joint operation to gain control of strategic heights surrounding the historic city.

Palmyra has been under Daesh control since May 2015. The terrorist group has since destroyed part of the city, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.

A brigadier-general told Sputnik on Wednesday that the Syrian army had recaptured a historic part of the city from the militants.

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