TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Life has returned to normal in the ancient city of Palmyra after the Syrian Arab Army liberated the city and declared it free of terrorism more than a year ago.

The Syrian army fully liberated Palmyra from the grip of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in March 2017.

Daesh first seized Palmyra, also known in Arabic as Tadmur, in May 2015 and began looting and demolishing the UNESCO world heritage site's monuments and temples.

The Syrian army purged the Takfiri elements from the 2,000-year-old city in March 2016.

However, Daesh recaptured Palmyra once again in December 2016 after days of intense fighting as the Syrian military focused mainly on defeating terrorists in eastern Aleppo.

In 2017, Syrian forces made sweeping gains against Takfiri terrorists there and finally retook it.