Syrian medics try to save a man's life at a make-shift hospital following a reportedly barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces in an rebel-held area in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AMC / ZEIN AL-RIFAI
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Syrian army troops backed by warplanes advanced to within several kilometers of Palmyra Thursday, battling ISIS fighters outside the famed ancient city, a monitor said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government troops were now some 5 kilometers west of the city and engaged in fierce clashes with forces from the extremist group.ISIS-affiliated media claimed that at least 10 regime soldiers had been killed and three tanks disabled or destroyed during the clashes, while anti-regime activists from the city also reported that the army was approaching the city.ISIS forces overran Palmyra on May 21, after sweeping toward the city from their strongholds in eastern Deir al-Zor and northern Raqqa.Though ISIS fighters have reportedly destroyed at least one statue, no damage to the ruins has been reported.
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