An internally displaced girl stands inside her family's tent inside a refugee camp in Dana town after fleeing Palmyra, in northern Idlib province, Syria April 2, 2016. (REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)
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Syrian troops on Sunday seized the key ISIS bastion of Al-Qaryatain, dealing the extremists a new blow in the country's centre a week after expelling them from Palmyra, state television said.The Britain-based Observatory said the army was still fighting the extremists in the town.The advance came after the Russian-backed Syrian army dealt ISIS a major blow on March 27 by seizing the ancient city of Palmyra, known as the "Pearl of the desert", from the militants.Al-Qaryatain is located some 120 kilometres (75 miles) southwest of Palmyra. Its recapture will allow the army to secure its grip over the ancient city, where extremists destroyed ancient temples and executed around 280 people during their 10-month rule.
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