Syria: Govt. forces recapture Palmyra as IS flee historic site

The Syrian Arab Army backed by Russian air support regained control of the ancient city of Palmyra, Sunday, after pushing back the so called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), who seized the city and its encompassing UNESCO World Heritage site in May 2015.
The victory over the militant group has been hailed by monitoring groups as its biggest single defeat since IS declared a caliphate in June 2014.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, scattered gunfire could still be heard in the eastern part of the city, however most of the militants had been driven out after relentless attacks from Syrian forces who were bolstered by Russian air power and government-allied militias.
Palmyra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, formerly known for housing some of the best-preserved monuments of antiquity anywhere in the world. Since capturing the city, IS militants have blown up the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel, and the Arch of Triumph, and have used the Roman-era amphitheater for filmed public executions. The UN's cultural agency described the groups' archaeological demolishing as a 'war crime.'
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