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Reports from Palmyra said on Wednesday that the Syrian army troops continued to hit ISIL's defense lines in Eastern Homs, forcing the terrorist group to retreat from vast regions Northeast of the ancient city.
While the musicians played their music, explosions could still be heard nearby in the north and east of Palmyra, as the Syrian army was re-capturing the city from ISIS forces.
Palmyra, which has been variously termed as the "bride of the desert", "jewel of the desert" and "Venice of the sands", is an ancient city northeast of Damascus.
Palmyra city, which was liberated by the Syrian Arab Army from the taint of terrorism, rises again from the ashes in spite of all the destruction, vandalism, and looting committed by ISIS in it.
Though it took months for the SAA to secure the road to Palmyra from the west and steadily close in on the city, the final and bloodiest stage of the battle was swift.
Palmyra cannot be delinked from other heritage sites in Syria, and heritage cannot be delinked from the sufferings of the people, in a conflict that is still underway.
The loss of Palmyra on Sunday amounts to one of the biggest setbacks for the jihadist group since it declared a caliphate in 2014 across large parts of Syria and Iraq.
IS drove government forces from Palmyra last May and later demolished some of the best-known monuments in the Unesco world heritage site, including two large temples dating back more than 1,800 years and a Roman triumphal archway.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there was still gunfire in the eastern part of the city on Sunday morning but the bulk of the Daesh force had pulled out and retreated east, leaving Palmyra under President Bashar al-Assad's control.
The Syrian official added that sources in Palmyra had confirmed that the Arch of Triumph, a jewel in the exquisite collection of ruins in the oasis city, had been blown up.
Sources in Palmyra have confirmed the destruction of the historic ruins, including the Tower Tomb of Elahbel, which was one of the best preserved.
Turkey-based activist Osama al-Khatib, who is originally from Palmyra, said the temple was blown up Sunday.