Islamic State group jihadists re-entered the ancient city of Palmyra, seen after government troops recaptured the UNESCO world heritage site from IS earlier this year, December 10, 2016
Islamic State group jihadists re-entered the ancient city of Palmyra, seen after government troops recaptured the UNESCO world heritage site from IS earlier this year, December 10, 2016 © STRINGER - AFP/File
Islamic State group jihadists re-entered the ancient city of Palmyra, seen after government troops recaptured the UNESCO world heritage site from IS earlier this year, December 10, 2016
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Last updated: December 12, 2016

IS jihadists re-enter Palmyra in Syria

Banner Icon Jihadist fighters of the Islamic State group on Saturday re-entered Syria's famed ancient desert city of Palmyra from which they were driven out eight months ago, a monitor said.

"After a quick advance, IS now controls most of the city of Palmyra except the southern part," said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"The airport which is outside the city (just to the east) is now surrounded by jihadists."

IS began an offensive just days ago near the town which is on UNESCO's world heritage list.

In May last year, the group seized several towns in Homs province including Palmyra, where they caused extensive damage to many of its ancient sites.

They were ousted from Palmyra in March by Syrian regime forces backed by Russia.

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