Local media announced this afternoon the recapture of 16th-century Palmyra Castle (also known as the Arabian Citadel and Fakhr-al-Din al-Maani Castle), located on the western hill outside the city, after the expulsion of the terrorist militants of ISIS.
The Syrian armed forces have launched series of battles to liberate the city several days ago, and they reached the city yesterday
In addition, several media resources stated that clashes have reached the ruins, west of the ancient city, where the Syrian armed forces are being very careful to avoid more damages to the archaeological site.
The following is a video footage published by Sputnik News showing the city of Palmyra, including the archaeological ruins (the theatre, the agora, the tetrapylon, the 1.1-km great colonnade), which look in good conditions. However, upon restoring the city, experts for DGAM will directly plan a field visit for damage assessment, and consequently develop an action plan to restore and rehabilitate the city in order to open the site back to its residents and visitors as soon as possible.