March 2, 2017 / 4:13 PM / 7 months ago

Syrian army says it has recaptured Palmyra from Islamic State

A road sign that shows the direction to the Syrian city of Palmyra is pictured on the edge of the city, in this handout picture provided by SANA on March 2, 2017, Syria. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army said it recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State on Thursday with help from allied forces and Russian air strikes.

The army and allied forces advanced inside Palmyra on Thursday after Islamic State pulled its fighters out of the city, a war monitoring group said.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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