Militants capture dozens of Syrian soldiers in Palmyra

Militants of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

Qamshli, Syria – On Sunday, sources in the city of Palmyra reported that Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) militants captured more than 100 soldiers from the Syrian regime forces, including officers.

This comes after fierce fighting broke out between IS militants and Syrian regime’s army in the sub-districts of Abu al-Fawares and Bayarat in Palmyra suburb, central Syria.

“When IS militants pretended to withdraw from the area, the army moved forward towards Palmyra city. However, the terrorist group had planned an ambush for our forces in Abu al-Fawares sub-district, where more than 100 soldiers were taken hostages,” a source in the Syrian army told ARA News. 

Militants of the Islamic State seized the ancient city of Palmyra last May. The 2,000-year-old city of Palmyra is listed by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. The United Nations appealed to the international community to intervene and protect the Syrian ancient city against atrocities of IS group.

 

Reporting by: Mir Yaqoob

Source: ARA News

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