Russian bombardment forces Daesh out of Palmyra

Russian bombardment forces Daesh out of Palmyra

Russian airstrikes have forced Daesh fighters from the centre of the Unesco world heritage city of Palmyra in Syria, hours after they had attempted to retake it, The Guardian reports.

The Russian attack forced the militants to retreat to the outskirts, a local monitoring group said. The Russian defence ministry said the strikes had killed more than 300 Daesh fighters and destroyed 11 tanks and vehicles.

The Syrian army also sent reinforcements to the city, reportedly diverting troops from Aleppo.

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