Say goodbye to this beautiful city once the ISIS destroyers take over. This is horrible! Ancient artifacts and ancient structures will most likely be destroyed just like other places ISIS has conquered. Will Assad do anything to stop the destruction? 


Islamic State fighters have seized about a third of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra after heavy fighting against the military and allied combatants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group has said.

“Isis fighters seized the northern parts of the city, which amount to a third of Palmyra,” said Rami Abdurrahman, head of the Observatory. “Regime forces fled from these neighbourhoods.”

Isis fighters advanced towards the city, known as Tadmur in Arabic, over the weekend but were repelled. The city is home to a Unesco world heritage site and Syria’s antiquities chief has said the insurgents would destroy ancient ruins if they took control of it.

State television said “armed forces targeted Isis terrorist groups north of Palmyra and blocked their infiltration of the northern parts of the city”.

It was the second time Isis has overrun northern Palmyra after it seized the same neighbourhoods on Saturday but held them for less than 24 hours.

The jihadis were locked in fierce clashes with regime forces on the city’s northern edges, as well as in the east, near the notorious Palmyra prison.

They managed to seize a state security building and spread out through northern districts, the Observatory reported.

Mohammad, an activist originally from Palmyra, told AFP that “regime soldiers fled after Isis took the state security building” in the north of the city.

Via: Guardian

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