The Syrian Armed Forces and their allies have effectively encircled Palmyra (Tadmur) in the east Homs countryside after nearly 48 straight hours of non-stop fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) inside this strategic desert city.
On Saturday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces began their advance by imposing full control over the imperative Al-‘Amariyah District after a short battle with the ISIS terrorists in the northern suburbs of Palmyra.
Following the liberation of Al-‘Amariyah, several sites under ISIL’s control inside Palmyra City began to fall like a stack of dominoes, as the Syrian Armed Forces captured the military airport, the Al-Sina’a District, Al-Djam’ia Al-Gharbiyah District, and Al-Badiyah District by nightfall on Saturday.
With only one escape route, most of ISIL’s combatants abandoned their positions inside the city and fled to the large oil town of Al-Sukhanah, which is located approximately 45 km east of Palmyra.
According to a battlefield correspondent in the east Homs countryside, an estimated 75-100 ISIL fighters remain inside Palmyra, with most of them entrenched near the Temple of Ba’al in the Ancient City District.
The situation for the remaining ISIL terrorists inside of Palmyra has taken a turn for the worse, thanks in large part to the relentless assault launched by the Syrian Armed Forces on Saturday.
It is only a matter of time before the last ISIL fighters in Palmyra are killed or captured; their best bet for survival is a counter-offensive to break the siege or to sneak out of the Ancient City.