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    Syrian army soldiers stand on the ruins of the Temple of Bel in the historic city of Palmyra, in Homs Governorate (File)

    Syrian Army Storming Hotel Complex in Daesh-Held Southwestern Palmyra

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    Syrian troops are storming the Daesh-held historic city of Palmyra.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — The Syrian government forces launched on Wednesday an offensive on a hotel complex in the south-west of the ancient city of Palmyra, an informed on-site source told Sputnik.

    "The army and allies are storming the hotel district in the south-west of Palmyra," the source said.

    According to the source, another group of government forces earlier launched an attack on positions of Daesh militants after liberating the Palmyra citadel.

    Daesh seized Palmyra, which was the capital of the Palmyrene Empire and one of the richest cities of the Roman Empire, in May 2015. Terrorists destroyed a number of historic sights designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Arch of Triumph, the Temple of Baalshamin and the Temple of Bel. Jihadists also looted the national museum and the famous Palmyra’s necropolis.

    Less than a year after that the Syrian army supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces managed to liberate Palmyra. Russian specialists demined the historic center as well as residential areas of the city. Russian historians and renovators visited Palmyra in early July 2016 and prepared a report assessing the condition of the damaged sites and costs of the renovation works. However, in December 2016, the city was retaken by jihadists.

    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.

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