Syrian soldiers get in position during clashes with ISIS jihadis in northeastern Palmyra on May 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO/STR
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ISIS militants stormed the Syrian city of Palmyra Wednesday, seizing it from government forces in fierce fighting as civilians fled and Syria's antiquities chief called on the world to save its ancient monuments.ISIS fighters were trying to enter Palmyra's historical sites and establish themselves there, it said."Praise God, (Palmyra) has been liberated," said an ISIS fighter speaking by internet from the area. He said ISIS was in control of a hospital in the city which Syrian forces had used as a base before withdrawing. Syrian state television said pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) had evacuated the city of civilians after large groups of ISIS fighters entered the city. In Syria's northeast, Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes are pressing an attack on ISIS that has killed at least 170 members of the jihadi group this week, a Kurdish official and the Observatory said.
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