A government official in central Syria says the situation is "fully under control" in Palmyra despite breaches by Islamic State militants, who pushed into the historic town a day earlier.

Gov. Talal Barazi of Homs province says Syrian troops recaptured two hills from the militants late Saturday. He added that army reinforcements and fortifications have been sent to shore up existing troops.

Barazi spoke by phone to The Associated Press Sunday, a day after Islamic State militants entered Palmyra from the north, clashing with government troops in residential areas.

The town is home to one of the most famous world heritage sites in the Middle East, renowned for its Roman-era colonnades and other ruins.