ISIS pushed out of Palmyra’s hotel area


Syrian Army troops and militias allied with them have pushed Islamic State fighters from the area in northern Palmyra, where the majority of the city’s hotels are located, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports.
The militants of IS (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) are retreating to the city center, the report said.

Palmyra, a historically and symbolically significant Syrian city, was overrun by IS troops last May. The jihadists have since destroyed UNESCO-listed temples and looted relics dating back thousands of years.

Damascus was able to launch an offensive to retake the desert city in the east of the country after a US and Russia-brokered truce between the Syrian government and armed opposition groups allowed the army to use more forces against terrorist groups.