ISIS ‘sets off earthquake by blowing up major gas field’ in Syria

Islamic State jihadists were last night reported to have blown up a major gas field in eastern Syria, setting off a minor earthquake in nearby Palmyra.

The Syrian regime has been fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant north of Palmyra, since it retook the town with the help of Russian air strikes and Iranian-supplied militias in March.

The Shaer oil-fields 30 miles to the north have changed hands a number of times recently, but as the regime attacked on Monday a series of major explosions was heard.