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Islamic State captures Palmyra castle overlooking ancient Syrian city: Amaq news agency
December 11, 2016 / 10:54 AM / in a year

Islamic State captures Palmyra castle overlooking ancient Syrian city: Amaq news agency

AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters have captured Palmyra castle overlooking the ancient city in eastern Syria, a news agency affiliated to the militants said on Sunday.

Heavy Russian air strikes had pushed back the militants from inside the city hours after they captured it last Saturday in a surprise multi-pronged offensive, according to a war monitor and rebels familiar with the situation.

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday that its jets carried out 64 air strikes during an operation to drive Islamic State out of the strategic areas around the city that it had secured, killing more than 300 militants.

Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Louise Ireland

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