Exclusive RUPTLY drone footage captured Friday showed the liberated city of Palmyra, taken back from self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian Air Force on Thursday. The city is now fully cleared of IS militants and government troops have seized strategic heights south of the city, carrying on with their offensive eastwards. Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, fell to IS in 2015. The Syrian government liberated the city from IS terrorists in March 2016 but lost it again several months later. After seizing the city for the second time, IS destroyed part of the Roman theater and legendary Tetrapylon.

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