Damaged ancient architectures are seen in Palmyra of central Syria, on April 1, 2016. (Xinhua/Yang Zhen)
DAMASCUS, May 26 (Xinhua) -- A mass grave combining the bodies of 65 Syrian soldiers was uncovered on Thursday near Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, a monitor group reported.
The mass grave was dug up near an airbase in the countryside of Palmyra, combining the bodies of Syrian soldiers and allied fighters, who were executed by the Islamic State (IS), when the terror group was in control of the city between May 2015 and March 2016.
The Syrian army recaptured Palmyra by the end of March 2016.
The IS group had released a video footage late last year, showing the execution of several soldiers.
Recently, clashes broke out near Palmyra airbase, also known as the T4 between the Syrian army and the IS militants, who were trying to advance in that area in the eastern countryside of the central province of Homs to control a gas field known as al-Shaer.
The Syrian forces backed by fighters of the Lebanese Hezbollah group unleashed a counter offensive and reportedly captured parts of the gas field amid incessant clashes in that area.
CAIRO, May 15 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic State (IS) militant group launched attacks to recapture an ancient city in Syria after losing it to government forces several weeks ago, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The IS has cut off the only road leading to the millennia-old oasis city of Palmyra in central Syria, threatening to besiege the UNESCO world heritage site, the UK-based monitoring group said. Full story
DAMASCUS, May 11 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic State (IS) group has cut off the only road leading to the ancient oasis city of Palmyra in central Syria, after a series of battles against the government forces in Homs, a monitor group reported on Wednesday.
The IS militias on Tuesday cut off the road connecting the central city of Homs with Palmyra, the only supply route to that millennia-old city, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Full story