Breaking: What’s Left of Palmyra (latest video)

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A Russian TV channel broadcasted for the first time footage of the ancient city of Palmyra, which was recently liberated from Daesh terrorists by the Syrian army and the Desert Falcons fighters.

View of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra
© AFP 2016/ JOSEPH EID

The bird’s eye video was taken and aired by the Russian broadcaster Rossiya 24. It showed ruins, destroyed buildings and architectural monuments.On Friday, the Syrian Army alongside the Desert Falcons regained control over the Palmyra Castle, a military source told Sputnik. Government troops and militia units have already taken control over all of the strategic heights in the area.

Palmyra Five Years Ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCTHXDAfbOs



Daesh militants used the castle for sniper fire and mortar shelling of the heights controlled by the army.

The ancient ruins of Palmyra have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city was seized by Daesh in middle-May 2015. Before leaving the city, the Syrian Army evacuated the majority of its residents and the most precious museum antiquities. After Daesh seized the city a number of ancient ruins and temples faced destruction.

Russian warplanes carried out 41 sorties to support Syrian army’s operation aimed at Palmyra’s liberation, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Russian military jets destroyed 146 terrorist targets over the past two days, the ministry said Friday.

“From Tuesday to Thursday, Russian Aerospace Forces’ warplanes conducted 41 sorties to support the Syrian army’s advance and launched strikes on Daesh militants nearPalmyra in the province of Homs. Russian aviation destroyed 146 terrorist targets, including command centers, ammunition depots, artillery systems, tanks and automotive vehicles,” Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko said.

Syrian army's positions near Palmyra
© SPUTNIK/ MIKHAIL VOSKRESENSKIY
WATCH What’s Left of Palmyra: First Footage of Liberated City Shown on Russian TV

On Friday, the Syrian Armyalongside the Desert Falcons regained control over the Palmyra Castle, a military source told Sputnik. Government troops and militia units have already taken control over all of the strategic heights in the area.Daesh militants used the castlefor sniper fire and mortar shelling of the heights controlled by the army.

The ancient ruins of Palmyra have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was seized by Daesh in middle-May 2015. Before leaving the city, the Syrian Army evacuated the majority of its residents and the most precious museum antiquities. After Daesh seized the city a number of ancient ruins and temples faced destruction.

Al-Nusra Front terrorists have kidnapped 12 civilians in the Syrian province of Hama for the participation in the country’s reconciliation, Kuralenko said. Meanwhile, a preliminary agreement with one populated area in Hama has been reached over the past 24 hours.

“According to information received from local residents of the Hama province, al-Nusra Front terrorists kidnapped 12 locals for participation in the national reconciliation process.”

The Russian reconciliation center registered 7 ceasefire violations in the province of Latakia, according to the general. The Russian center has held talks with 11 armed groups on the truce regime in Syria, he said.

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