World Bulletin / News Desk
The Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement on Monday urged Lebanese group Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from Syria, where they are battling for President Bashar al-Assad, and focus on fighting Israel instead.
Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, was once an Assad ally but last year endorsed the revolt against him in a shift that at the time deprived the Syrian leader of an important Sunni Muslim supporter in the Arab world.
Hamas has denied some Lebanese media reports that its fighters were present in Syria to train rebels in weaponry, bomb-making and tunnel digging.
On Friday, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah promised his group would keep fighting alongside Assad's forces after it spearheaded the recapture of the strategic town of Qusair.
Hamas's leaders in exile were once based in Damascus but left, mainly for Egypt and Qatar, in 2012 as the civil war escalated.
Earlier this month, Saudi security forces shot and killed two suspected miltants including an explosive belt maker during a police operation in the north of Riyadh.
An explosion hit on Saturday the Rakban refugee camp in southern Syria near the border with Jordan, according to media reports.
Denmark has so far provided the coalition with 400 military personnel, including 60 special forces troops, as well as seven F-16 warplanes -- four of them operational at any one time -- and a C-130J transport plane.
The Roman amphitheatre dates to the 1st Century AD and was used by ISIL for public executions during its occupation of the city between May 2015 and March last year.
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"What is happening (in Palmyra) is a real tragedy from the point of view of cultural and historical heritage," he told journalists. "Barbaric actions of the extremists are continuing."
The Turkish military destroys 224 ISIL targets and neutralizes 23 ISIL extremists as part of the ongoing Euphrates Shield Operation
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A garrison loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has held out in the city largely surrounded by the Huthi rebels and their allies who control the capital Sanaa and much of the north.
The building, dating from the early 1960s and including a shopping centre and clothing workshops, had been evacuated, but firefighters were battling the blaze inside and it was not immediately clear if there were casualties.
Turkish army hits 182 ISIL targets in northern Syria, says General Staff