The Syrian military has taken a major district in the besieged city of Aleppo but has also retreated from historic Palmyra as extremist Islamic State (IS) fighters have retaken the ancient city. SOHR head Rami Abdel Rahman said the Syrian Army is now in “full control” of the important district and holds some 90 percent of the parts of the city once held by the opposition fighters. Meanwhile, 200 kilometers to the southeast of Aleppo, IS forces have retaken Palmyra after Syrian troops abandoned their positions in the city. Syrian officials said they had evacuated some 80 percent of the citizens of Palmyra ahead of the withdrawal. Syrian forces had liberated Palmyra from IS militants in March.