Islamic State fighters have pushed into the Syrian town of Palmyra, home to famed 2,000-year-old ruins, and are clashing with government troops in residential areas.
The militants entered from the north and have not reached the UNESCO world heritage site, which is southwest of Palmyra.
The IS push on the town in the central Homs province, which began on Thursday, has raised alarm in Syria and abroad. The group is notorious for destroying archaeological sites in neighboring Iraq.
SOURCE: The Associated Press