Syrian army secures oil field perimeter, kills militants

BEIRUT- Syrian state television said on Wednesday the army and allied militia had secured the perimeter of an oil field near the central city of Palmyra which had been the focus of recent heavy fighting with Islamic State militants. The report said the army took control of the area surrounding Jazal field, territory that contains important sites for energy production in Homs province, and killed a number of Islamic State fighters. The advance appeared to be an attempt to shore up defense lines near Palmyra, an Islamic State-held city home to Roman ruins that are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.



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