DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — The situation will soon help the government forces to regain control over the state road intersection leading to Palmyra, the source added.
"It is premature to say that the entire Hayan mountain range is under the army’s control. However, Daesh militants were driven from most strategic heights. A number of heights opposite to the Hayan was also got under control," the source said.
Last week, the Syrian army liberated the strategic road conjunction three miles away from Palmyra. The area has been used as a bridgehead to free the adjacent heights from militants.
Palmyra was recaptured by Daesh in December 2016, with the terror group’s gains in the historic city prompting the Syrian army to launch an offensive to retake it once again.
Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the Daesh offensive on Palmyra. According to the Russian leader, the situation in Palmyra was a result of discordant actions of different players in Syria.