The Syrian Army has moved to the suburbs of Palmyra and is fighting ISIS, the governor of the Homs Province Governor Talal Barazi said.
The decision was made in light of the enemy's "superior forces". He noted that ISIS was attacking Palmyra on several directions, Sputnik reports.
Earlier on Sunday, Russia's center for Syrian reconciliation reported that ISIS managed to move considerable forces from Raqqa to Palmyra after the US-backed offensive of Arab and Kurdish rebels was stalled.
"Over 4,000 Daesh terrorists have regrouped to capture Palmyra," the center's statement said.