RT’s crew has travelled to the mountains overlooking Palmyra - where the battle for the iconic Syrian city was decided - and witnessed scores of Islamic State fighter's bodies and burning oil and gas fields set alight by the retreating terrorist
“The battle for Palmyra really didn’t take place in the city itself, the bulk of the fighting was in the mountains overlooking the city,” RT’s Lizzie Phelan said from the Hayyan gas fields outside the ancient city.
The mountains have become a “graveyard" for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighter, she noted.
“We’ve seen this whole area littered with scores of bodies of IS fighters. Many of them dismembered by artillery fire,” but even more killed by gunshot wounds, Phelan added.
According to the correspondent, the fighting in the mountains was “extremely close, in some cases almost hand to hand.”
According to Phelan, the jihadists are “still not far away” as they’re holed up on mountain tops north-east of Palmyra.
“Pro-government forces aren’t advancing any further for now. They’re on standby waiting for further orders.”
RT’s crew also saw the Hayyan gas and oil fields being set alight by retreating IS fighters, with the correspondent describing the fire as “huge.”
“Despite the fact that ISIS have been defeated here, they’re still inflicting huge economic damage… on the Syrian people… because putting out this fire will cause an immense amount of resources,” she said.