Residents walk near a military truck that belongs to forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, near the historical city of Palmyra May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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ISIS also summarily executed at least 16 people in the modern city of Tadmur, northeast of the sprawling ruins of Palmyra, the Observatory said, as the group searched for remnants of the regime forces that melted away in the face of a 10-day campaign by the jihadis.The Observatory said that during its push toward Palmyra in the eastern part of Homs province that began on May 13, at least 241 regime forces and 150 members of ISIS have been killed. Anti-regime activists in Tadmur said ISIS fighters decapitated two pro-regime paramilitaries – one of them was caught while wearing women's clothing in a bid to evade the jihadis, while the other was the head of the "Popular Committees" militia in the town. The Observatory and several groups of anti-regime activists said the jihadis had summarily executed around two dozen people in Hassakeh and Deir al-Zor provinces in the last two days.
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