Syrian Air Strikes in Palmyra Kill at Least 38 ISIS Fighters

Assad forces intensify air raids on the central desert city in recent in days.

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DPA - At least 38 Islamic State fighters were killed over the last 24 hours as Syrian jets continued to pound the extremist group's strongholds in the ancient city of Palmyra, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

The Syrian air force intensified its raids on the central desert city in recent in days.

Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, described a barrage last week as "one of the strongest attacks" by Syrian warplanes since ISIS captured the city in May.

Most Palmyra residents have fled the city. Only a few of the original inhabitants and the families of militants still live there.

The jihadist group blew up the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel and some of the famed tower tombs in Palmyra, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site.