Syrian troops nearing Palmyra, reports SANA

'ISIS preparing offensive in Aleppo province'

24 March, 18:11

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT/MOSCOW, MARCH 24 - Syrian government forces have not yet entered the city of Palmyra but are only a few kilometers from it, reported state-run new agency SANA on Thursday. The reports came after Syrian state-run television broadcast images of a Syrian flag raised over a building that it said was in the center of the city. The English website of SANA reported that '' units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, have advanced further in the vicinity'' of Palmyra. ''A military source told SANA that al-Qubour valley and al-Qusour Mountains, located to the west of Palmyra, came in the army's hands, after earlier restoring al-Tar Mountain, 3 km west of Palmyra Castle,'' the website reported. Meanwhile, Islamic State (ISIS) are massing for an offensive against government troops in the Aleppo province, the Russian defense ministry was quoted by Interfax as saying on Thursday. The news agency said that Russian warplanes had destroyed 146 ISIS military objectives in 41 airstrikes in the Palmyra area between March 20 and 23, killing over 320 jihadists. Five tanks, six pieces of artillery, two munitions warehouses and 15 vehicles were reportedly destroyed in the airstrikes.


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