December 12, 17:24 UTC+3
According to Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov, terrorists should be facing “pressure from all directions”
The ancient city of Palmyra in Tadmur District, Homs Governorate, Syria
MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. The Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) militants’ attack on Palmyra has shown that terrorists should not be given respite, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Monday.
“This attack has once again demonstrated that terrorists should not have the smallest chance to take a break, for they always take advantage of such respites to regroup and then carry out a sudden attack,” he said.
“They should be facing pressure from all directions so that their activities are limited and they and eventually eliminated wherever they are, in Syria, in Iraq or in any other country,” Konashenkov elaborated.
The general noted that joining forces was the only way to achieve the final victory over terrorists.
Attack of IS militants on Palmyra
More than 5,000 militants of the Islamic State (terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) have launched an offensive against Syrian troops in the area of Palmyra, Konashenkov said.
“Over the past two days militants of the terrorist organization Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) launched several attacks on the positions of Syrian troops in the area of Palmyra. The terrorists were pushing ahead from the North, the East and the South. The attackers numbered more than 5,000.”
The used explosives-packed motor vehicles and suicide drivers to break through into Palmyra,according to Konashenkov.
“As dusk set in, Islamic State militants used motor vehicles packed with explosives and driven by suicide attackers to penetrate the Syrian army’s defense. At the cost of heavy losses they gained a foothold on the city’s outskirts,” Konashenkov said.
The militants had massed up near Palmyra being quite certain that combat operations in Raqqa would not resume.
“The first two powerful attacks were beaten back by Syrian troops with support from Russia’s aerospace group. Russian planes dealt 64 air strikes against the militants’ groups, positions and advancing reserves,” Konashenkov said.
Islamic State gangs seized Palmyra (240 kilometers away from Damascus) last Sunday. Homs Province Governor Talal al-Barazi said the Syrian troops had managed to evacuate 80% of residents before retreating.
The Syrian army had retaken Palmyra from terrorists on March 27 with Russian air support. Short while later Russian bomb disposal specialists helped clear the city and historical monuments of mines and unexploded ordnance.
Liberation of Palmyra
Konashenkov said that authorities of Syria are doing everything to free the city of Palmyra from militants as soon as possible.
“Under the current circumstances the Syrian troops are holding their positions near the city after having evacuated the residents of Palmyra and vacating the city,” Konashenkov said. “The authorities of the country are doing everything to liberate the city as soon as possible.”
The Islamic State terrorist group attacked Palmyra, located 240 kilometers (150 miles) from Damascus, last Friday. The terrorists attempted to seize oil wells and a military airfield in the outskirts of the city.
According to various reports, the government troops were forced by militants to retreat from the central districts of Palmyra by Sunday night.
Syrian troops liberated Palmyra from the IS the previous time on March 27 with assistance from the Russian Aerospace Forces. Later on, Russian sappers took part in the mine clearance effort in the city’s residential districts and the unique monuments of antiquity.