Hundreds of civilians have left the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra after ISIS militants took over the city last week.
ALALAM – Syria
More than 300 people have left their homes in Palmyra over the past few days. “Most of them headed to the government-held areas in Homs Governorate,” local media activist Abas al-Omar told ARA News.
“People of Palmyra are afraid of being used as human shields by ISIS,” the source said.
In the meantime, ISIS terrorists arrested four men in Palmyra on suspicion of helping residents leave the city.
Last Sunday, the ISIS hardline group recaptured parts of the ancient city of Palmyra in Homs Governorate and the Syrian army severe clashes with the militants continue until the complete liberation of the city.
ISIS first took over Palmyra in May 2015, following a protracted battle with government forces. The ISIS occupation was exceptionally brutal, even by the standards of Syria’s 5-year-long conflict.