Yesterday evening, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) discovered a mass grave in the sewers southwest of Palmyra Airbase. At the underground site, more than 25 bodies – mostly of soldiers in uniform – were found piled on top of each other in very bad condition. The deceased are likely the captured soldiers executed by adolescent ISIS fighters shortly after the Islamic State seized Palmyra in the early summer of 2015.
The bodies have been transferred to the military hospital in Homs; burial preparations are to begin once the soldiers are identified at the morgue there. The ancient city of Palmyra was recaptured by government troops two months ago in an offensive heavily backed by the Russian Airforce. Meanwhile, 49 different corpses also arrived at the military hospital in Homs yesterday from al-Zarah village, after local Islamist militias struck a deal with the Red Crescent.