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Syrian government forces enter Palmyra

BEIRUT (Reuters) Russian backed Syrian government forces and their allies fought their way into Palmyra on Wednesday, driving back Islamic uk canada goose outlet State militants who have held the historic city since December, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported.

FILE PHOTO A view shows canada goose uk black friday the damage at cheap canada goose uk Fakhreddin’s Castle, known as Palmyra Castle, on canada goose clearance sale the outskirts of canada goose uk outlet the historic city of Palmyra, in Homs canada goose uk shop Governorate, Syria April 1, 2016. Canada Goose online REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki/File Photo

A Hezbollah canada goose black friday sale run media outlet cheap Canada Goose earlier reported that the Syrian army and its allies had recaptured the Palmyra citadel, on the city western outskirts, and seized a modern palatial complex to the southwest.

Islamic State has captured Palmyra, whose ancient ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, twice Canada Goose Coats On Sale during Syria six year conflict.

The army recaptured the city from the ultra hardline group in March last year, but Islamic State seized canada goose factory sale it again in canada goose coats on sale December.

The group has razed ancient monuments during both of its spells in control of Palmyra destruction the United Nations canada goose clearance has condemned as a war crime.

A Syrian military source told Reuters earlier on Wednesday: army entry to the city will begin very soon.

Syrian army soldiers stand on the ruins of the Temple of Bel in the historic city of Palmyra, in Homs Governorate, Syria April 1, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki/Files

The army said it had captured Canada Goose canada goose outlet toronto factory Online an area known as the triangle a few kilometres (miles) west of the city after rapid advances in recent days backed by Russian air strikes.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, canadian goose jacket a British based organisation buy canada goose jacket that reports on the war, said government forces were expected canada goose coats to storm Palmyra at moment Russia has said its aircraft are supporting the Canada Goose sale army offensive in Canada Goose Jackets Palmyra.

Photos published on an Islamic State Telegram account on Wednesday showed the group fighters firing at the Syrian army with uk canada goose rockets and a tank. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the photos.

Islamic State first captured buy canada goose jacket cheap Palmyra from the government in 2015. canadagoose-coats During its first period in control of the site, the jihadists destroyed monuments including a 1,800 year old monumental arch.

FILE PHOTO: A road sign is pictured in Palmyra city, Syria, May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Most recently, Islamic State has razed the landmark Tetrapylon a platform with four columns at each corner and the facade of Palmyra Roman Theatre. Palmyra, known in Arabic as Tadmur, stood at the crossroads of the ancient world.

The government and its allies lost Palmyra as they focused on defeating Syrian rebel groups in eastern Aleppo. The rebel groups were driven Canada Goose Outlet from eastern Aleppo in December, the government biggest victory of the war.

Reporting canada goose store by Tom Perry Canada Goose Parka and John Davison in Beirut and canada goose Andrew Osborn in Moscow and Ali Abdelaty in Cairo; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Alison Williams.

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