Islamic State enters ruins of Syria’s Palmyra after storming city: monitor

The sun sets behind ruined columns at the historical city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desertBy Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters in Syria have entered the ancient ruins of Palmyra after taking complete control of the central city, but there are no reports so far of any destruction of antiquities, a group monitoring the war said on Thursday. The offshoot of al Qaeda has taken control of the city's military air base and prison after storming them on Wednesday, Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said by telephone. Islamic State said in a statement posted by followers on Twitter that it was in full charge of the city, including the military installations, and that the retreating pro-government forces had left behind a large number of their dead.


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