Syrian Army troops and militias allied with them have pushed Islamic State fighters from the area in northern Palmyra, where the majority of the city’s hotels are located, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports.
The militants of IS (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) are retreating to the city center, the report said.
Palmyra, a historically and symbolically significant Syrian city, was overrun by IS troops last May. The jihadists have since destroyed UNESCO-listed temples and looted relics dating back thousands of years.
Damascus was able to launch an offensive to retake the desert city in the east of the country after a US and Russia-brokered truce between the Syrian government and armed opposition groups allowed the army to use more forces against terrorist groups.