The ISIL militants are trying to open a path to retreat from Palmyra (Tadmur) in Homs province as the Syrian army continues its massive raid and captured major parts of the ancient city, media reports said on Thursday.
Alalam - syria
According to the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel, the ISIL terrorists have evacuated most parts of the city after planting bombs in its houses and roads.
Meantime, the Syrian army units are cleaning Western Palmyra from a few remaining pockets of terrorists as heavy clashes are also underway between them and the militants in the Southwestern parts of the city.
Meantime, the Syrian air force targeted an ISIL convoy moving from Eastern Palmyra towards al-Sukhnah, and destroyed it completely.
Late last night the Syrian army forces broke the ISIL defense lines in Palmyra (Tadmur) and entered the ancient city after liberating the Palmyra Triangle and Castle.
The Syrian troops opened their way into Palmyra (Tadmur) city from the two Southern and Southwestern direction after taking control of all neaby farms and hills.
The army troops also freed the Qatar Royal Palace, al-Fanadeq region, Thaniyat al-Mah region and Heights '700-800-900' near al-Hayal heights while all other areas around the Palmyra Triangle have all been taken back from the ISIL.
Also, the Syrian army units advanced in the remaining areas of al-Hayal mountains and won back full control over them.
Meantime, the Syrian soldiers continued military operations in the Southern and Northeastern parts of Palmyra to lay siege on the city and retake control of al-Ameriyeh district and the strategic heights of al-Ameriyeh to cut off the ISIL supply routes towards Palmyra.
A military source said that the ISIL defense lines have been fully broken, and added that the Syrian forces have won back control of Palmyra Castle after liberating al-Tar mountain and all the hills near the Castle and then entered Palmyra immediately.
The source stressed that ISIL has collapsed in the city militarily after the Syria army earned control over the most important mountains and hills which are considered as the key to fire control over Palmyra.