(FILES) - A file picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a partial view of the theatre at the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID
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Extremists from ISIS closed in on Syria's ancient metropolis of Palmyra Friday, hours before seizing a government headquarters in the strategic Iraqi city of Ramadi.The National Coalition, Syria's main opposition group in exile, said ISIS would be committing "a crime against civilization" by destroying Palmyra, adding that the regime had not done enough to protect the 2,000-year-old city.Syria's army sent reinforcements to Palmyra Friday. Palmyra, which means City of Palms, is known in Syria as Tadmor, or City of Dates.Since the ISIS offensive began early Wednesday, more than 138 combatants -- including 73 soldiers and 65 jihadis -- have been killed.The Observatory said that more than 100,000 people lived in and around Palmyra.
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