This photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. (SANA via AP)
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ISIS seized two gas fields Monday northeast of Syria's ancient Palmyra, a day after firing rockets into the city and killing five people, activists said.The Al-Hail and Arak gas fields, 40 and 25 kilometers (25 and 15 miles) respectively from Palmyra, were vital for the government's generation of electricity for areas under its control, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Since then, at least 364 people, including combatants from both sides and 62 civilians, have been killed in the battle for the ancient city.On Saturday, the jihadis seized most of the city's north, but were pushed out by government troops less than 24 hours later.
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