Activists: Syrian pro-government forces near IS-held Palmyra

Syrian activists say pro-government forces have reached the outskirts of Palmyra in their push to drive Islamic State militants from the ancient town.

It's the Syrian government forces second such offensive this year.

The activist-run Palmyra Coordination Committee says Syrian forces and their allies from the Lebanese Shiite militant Hezbollah group and Iranian advisers are at the town's western gateway, located about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the famed Roman ruins.

The activist group also reported there were airstrikes across the town on Tuesday morning. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Hezbollah's media outlets also reported the advances.

The government lost control of Palmyra in December, less than one year after it reclaimed the town from IS extremists. Archeologists have decried the damage to Palmyra's priceless ruins.



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Rally-goers arraigned for striking cops at ‘free speech’ Boston rally

Rally-goers arraigned for striking cops at ‘free speech’ Boston rally..

22-Aug, 21:20

The first 13 arraignments of protesters and counter-protesters at a...

Love Island's Camilla Thurlow delights fans as she shows off bomb disposal skills online – after Jamie Jewitt reveals truth behind their relationship

Love Island's Camilla Thurlow delights fans as she shows off bomb disposal skills online –..

23-Aug, 04:00

The bomb disposal expert jetted straight off to Greece to volunteer at a...

Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder shares emotional love letter to wife Nikki Reed after she gives birth to the couple’s first child

Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder shares emotional love letter to wife Nikki Reed after she..

22-Aug, 10:11

The Vampire Diaries star welcomed a baby girl with his wife, Twilight...

Lauren Goodger is STILL dating jailbird boyfriend Joey Morrisson despite split claims – and she 'can’t wait' to have a baby with him

Lauren Goodger is STILL dating jailbird boyfriend Joey Morrisson despite split claims – and..

23-Aug, 07:02

However, the former TOWIE star has now revealed that she is still dating...

Dem senator holds floor in 15-hour speech to slam Supreme Court nominee

Dem senator holds floor in 15-hour speech to slam Supreme Court nominee..

05-Apr, 11:40

Sen. Jeff Merkley today held the Senate floor and talked for more than...

A look at the life of convicted ex-Brazilian president Silva

A look at the life of convicted ex-Brazilian president Silva..

12-Jul, 18:10

NAME: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva BIRTHDAY: Oct. 6, 1945 BIRTHPLACE:...

Miranda Kerr gives $8M of jewelry to the Justice Department

Miranda Kerr gives $8M of jewelry to the Justice Department..

27-Jun, 23:09

Model Miranda Kerr has turned over more than $8 million worth of jewelry...

Louisiana sheriff's deputy shot and killed in line of duty

Louisiana sheriff's deputy shot and killed in line of duty..

19-Mar, 13:18

A Louisiana sheriff's deputy was fatally shot late Saturday night while...