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    Daesh Dash in Defeat: Syrian Army Pushes Militants to North Part of Palmyra

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    After a series of fighting against the Syrian Army, a group of Daesh militants retreated to the northern areas of Palmyra; clashes, however, are still taking place in the eastern and western parts of the ancient Syrian city.

    The Syrian Army destroyed a Daesh tank and two trucks with anti-aircraft guns which the terrorists were firing at the citadel of Palmyra, a source from the Syrian Army’s command headquarters told RIA Novosti.

    Although clearly losing their ground in the northern areas of the city, Daesh militants continue to resist.

    Earlier today Syrian Army fighters tore down a Daesh flag from the top of the medieval castle in Palmyra.

    On Saturday, fierce fighting resumed in almost all parts of Palmyra, with the exception of the city’s historical district. Militiamen from the Desert Falcons unit have so far been able to gain a foothold in the residential quarter beneath the citadel.

    In another part of the city the government forces were advancing toward a local military airfield.

    The Syrian army’s offensive on the city of Palmyra to recapture it from Daesh terrorists began on Thursday. On Friday, the units of the Syrian army and patriotic militia retook the historic Palmyra Castle from Daesh terrorists.

    Palmyra is considered key for advancing to Daesh stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria.

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

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