Hundreds killed in fight for Syrian ancient city

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Ancient city of Palmyra in south-central Syria. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – At least 280 people were killed and dozens injured during days of fighting in the vicinity of the Syrian ancient city of Palmyra, activists reported. 

Army forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been engaged in clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in the past few days near Palmyra.  

The clashes took place as Syrian army forces were trying to deter ISIS attacks on the ancient city, in an attempt by the group to extend its areas of control in central Syria. 

“More than 120 pro-Assad forces were killed during the clashes, while ISIS group lost at least 110 militants,” Ayad Halwani, a Syrian human rights activist and member of the Violations’ Documentation Centre, told ARA News on the phone. 

Halwani added that more than 50 civilians have lost their lives due to the mounting violence in Palmyra. 

The ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria is listed by the UNESCO as a world heritage site. 

 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

Source: ARA News 

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