Syria: Residents flee Palmyra as government bombs ISIL

    Syria: Residents flee Palmyra as government bombs ISIL

    Sept.24, Abuja: Dozens of resident have fled the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra following the government air strikes on the city. More than 100 people have been killed in the air strike since last week.

    An estimated 33 civilians and 70 fighters believed to belong to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group died in the attack. Raids by warplanes and helicopters using barrel bombs and missiles left at least 12 civilians and 20 fighters dead on Tuesday alone.

    ISIL took over Palmyra in May, making it the target of regular goverment attacks in recent months.

    A member of the Palmyra Coordination activist group Khaled al-Homsi said, "We're going into the third day of indiscriminate air strikes, missiles and barrel bombs." Al Jazeera reported.

    Most civilians have fled the city to neighbouring towns located on its eastern outskirts, according to Homsi.

    The Oslo Times


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