Syrian army fighter jets carried out air raids against the ISIS militants.
According to media reports, the activists have claimed that Syrian jets conducted about 25 air strikes on Islamic State installations in the city of Palmyra. The recent bombing campaigns were part of the second wave of regime air strikes against ISIS on Friday September 18.
UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that at least 26 people died in the bombardment on Friday, the casualties include 12 ISIS militants. Palmyra, was declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1980. Palmyra was captured by the ISIS extremists in May, earlier this year. Since the capture of Palmyra, ISIS has destroyed some of the city’s most famous antiquities, which included the ancient temples of Bel and Baal Shamin.
Previously, on Thursday, September 17 the Syrian government jets carried out at least 12 strikes on Raqqa, the to all intents and purposes capital of ISIS in northern Syria.Another round of regime air strikes was carried on Friday against the ISIS throttlehold of Idlib. At least 19 people were killed, the observatory said. Recently, Syria’s air force has started using more precise air and ground weapons which were supplied by its ally Russia.
There remains a prospect of a larger military involvement by Russia has caused great concerns for the United States. United Nations has been leading a coalition that has been bombing ISIS strongholds in both Syria and Iraq.
U.S warned Syria not to interfere in its air campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria while rejecting suggestions from Russia of cooperating with the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, in the fight against Islamic State.