Scores of Syrian troops killed in ISIS-led car bomb attacks near ancient Palmyra

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ISIS destroys ancient Palmyra temple. File photo

ARA News

HOMS ــ Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) carried out several car bomb attacks against positions for the Syrian army forces near the military airport of Palmyra in Syria’s central province of Homs, pro-ISIS sources reported on Sunday. 

In the meantime, the Syrian army, backed by Russian air force, were able to recapture major parts of the city of Palmyra after deadly battles with ISIS militant fighters, according to pro-regime media sources.

Speaking to ARA News, local rights activist Mohammed Khiyara said that after its partial withdrawal from the city of Palmyra, ISIS carried out several car bomb attacks against headquarters of the pro-regime forces. 

“Daesh targeted a military convoy of pro-Assad troops in the vicinity of Palmyra’s military airport (also Tadmur) with a car bomb attack, killing at least 30 soldiers and injuring dozens others,” the source reported, using an acronym for ISIS.

Khiyara pointed out that ISIS has also targeted other locations for the regime’s army in the western areas of Palmyra, killing several soldiers and wounding others. 

“ISIS did not withdraw completely from Palmyra; it withdrew towards the northern villages, while there remained several groups east of the city in a bid to launch surprise attacks against pro-regime forces,” Khiyara told ARA News. 

In a separate development, more than 3000 families have been displaced from Palmyra suburbs heading to Idlib’s suburbs, taking the eastern road between Palmyra and Raqqa. The displaced civilians took shelters in the villages of Killi, Khazano, Marrat Misrin and Sarmada as well as the city of Idlib.

Also on Sunday, the pro-regime forces were able to impose full control over Palmyra downtown after ISIS extremists retreated towards the northern villages of Palmyra and its eastern outskirts. The group’s leadership ordered its militants to withdraw towards its main bastion of Raqqa, northeastern Syria. 

Reporting by: Haitham Mustafa

Source: ARA News

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