The Syrian Army, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, has continued a push towards the ISIS-held city of Palmyra after almost a week of positional warfare against ISIS terrorists at the Homs-Palmyra highway.
Over last week, aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out over 90 sorties in support of the government advance.
Now, government forces are in less than 20 kilometers away from Palmyra, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
“Syrian government troops, backed by Russian air support, continue to advance in the direction of Palmyra; less than 20 kilometers are left. The Russian Aerospace Forces carried out more than 90 sorties over the last week,” the ministry said, adding that the Syrian army has destroyed 180 terrorist targets, including 43 armored vehicles as well as jeeps with heavy machine-guns.
Since February 7, government forces have liberated a few inhabited localities and now are in control of 22 square kilometers in the vicinity of Palmyra.