ISIS shoots down fighter jet in Palmyra as jihadis re-enter ancient city


According to the extremist group’s news agency, Amaq, the militants shot the plane near to the Jazal oil fields west of the city.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a government jet crashed in the Jazal area.

The Observatory claimed on Friday that the IS assault near Palmyra has killed at least 49 pro-government forces.

ISIS attacked the Syrian army near the city of Palmyra on Thursday, killing dozens of soldiers and advancing four kilometres of the city.

The Syrian army, backed by Russian jets, recaptured Palmyra from ISIS in March after they seized it in May 2015.

Army in Palmyra

Members of the Syrian Army patrol the ancient city of Palmyra


Daesh fighters have entered from the north and west of the city, according to activists

ISIS has been struggling in Syria and Iraq since late last year and has lost a lot of its territory in both countries.The group seized territory during the chaos of the Syria civil war and in Iraq in the summer of 2014.

Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said: “IS entered Palmyra on Saturday and now occupies its north-west.”