HOMS ــ Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Monday killed 70 members of the naval commando forces from the Syrian army in the western suburbs of historic Palmyra, in Syria’s central Homs province, media sources reported.
The group’s news agency of Amaq released a report saying: “Islamic State’s fighters were able to kill 70 marine commandos in a car bomb attack in the Duwwa area west of Palmyra.”
“The operation also led to the death of the Division’s commander, Rahmoun Askar,” Amaq reported.
Speaking to ARA News in Homs, rights activist Amr Hussein said that pro-regime army bid farewell to dozens of naval commando forces in Palmyra on Monday subsequent to the ISIS-led attack.
“A state of alert hit the ranks of the regime’s forces after the attack, which came as a shock to the army,” the source reported.
This comes as clashes continue between ISIS and the Syrian army in the Duwwa area west of Palmyra. The army has recently advanced against ISIS in Palmyra with the support of the Russian warplanes.
In May, the hardline group took over the ancient city of Palmyra after fierce battles with Syrian army forces. The group has executed dozens of captured soldiers in the Roman amphitheater, and destroyed several ancient shrines and Roman monuments.
Reporting by: Haitham Mustafa
Source: ARA News
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