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Syria: Drone footage captures ancient Palmyra after Syrian army enters the city01:17

Syria: Drone footage captures ancient Palmyra after Syrian army enters the city

Syrian Arab Republic, Palmyra
March 25, 2016 at 16:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Drone footage of Palmyra's ancient remains emerged on Friday, amid reports that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was closer to seizing full control of the adjacent city of Palmyra. The ancient site earned the south-central Syrian city the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.

The SAA seized control of a medieval castle overlooking the city proper on Friday, according to reports from Syrian state media. Reports say Syrian troops captured the Fakhr-al-Din al-Maani Castle, or Palmyra Castle, after fierce fighting against militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL).

The footage emerged a day after the SAA reportedly managed to enter Palmyra and establish control over several areas before progressing northwards. Palmyra has recently been the site of intense combat between the Syrian Arab Army and opposition militias. The Russian Air Force is assisting the SAA in its attempts to re-take the city.

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Drone footage of Palmyra's ancient remains emerged on Friday, amid reports that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was closer to seizing full control of the adjacent city of Palmyra. The ancient site earned the south-central Syrian city the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.

The SAA seized control of a medieval castle overlooking the city proper on Friday, according to reports from Syrian state media. Reports say Syrian troops captured the Fakhr-al-Din al-Maani Castle, or Palmyra Castle, after fierce fighting against militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL).

The footage emerged a day after the SAA reportedly managed to enter Palmyra and establish control over several areas before progressing northwards. Palmyra has recently been the site of intense combat between the Syrian Arab Army and opposition militias. The Russian Air Force is assisting the SAA in its attempts to re-take the city.

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