Over 30 Syrian soldiers killed in ISIS attack on Palmyra

The UN cultural agency, Unesco, has condemned the destruction of Palmyra as a war crime

At least 30 Syrian army troops and Iranian-backed militiamen were killed on Tuesday when ISIS fighters attacked a military outpost near Palmyra in eastern Syria, a monitor and residents from the area said.

They said the militants used suicide bombers and armored vehicles in the dawn attack near a dam southeast of the ancient Roman city, Reuters reported.

The attack came a day after government forces drove the jihadists out of their last enclave in southern Damascus after weeks of relentless bombing, according to Reuters.

ISIS has twice seized Palmyra during Syria’s civil war and destroyed priceless artifacts.

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