File - A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a partial view of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus.AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID
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The Syrian army and ISIS jihadis rushed reinforcements to the desert oasis of Palmyra Friday as fighting heated up around the ancient city, officials and activists said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime aircraft carried several strikes on the outskirts of Palmyra as well as in two other places in eastern Homs province – the T-4 air base and the Shaar gas field – where regime forces are fending off attacks by ISIS militants.Since Tuesday, ISIS seized all regime checkpoints between Palmyra and the town of Sukhneh, which lies roughly 80 kilometers away.The activists said that reinforcements by the regime and ISIS had arrived, and that the clashes over the last 48 hours have claimed the lives of six civilians in Palmyra thus far.During the fighting, ISIS suffered 28 casualties – all but eight of them Syrian nationals – while the regime side saw 34 troops killed, it added.
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