Russian Defense Minister: Around 3000 bombs defused in Palmyra

Moscow, SANA – Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced on Tuesday that the Russian engineers have defused 2,987 explosive devices and bombs and cleared around 180 hectares in Palmyra.

“Beginning April 1, over 30 kilometers of roads and more than 182 hectares of land have been demined, 2,987 explosive objects have been unearthed,” Shoigu said at a teleconference with the senior staff of the Russian Armed Forces at the National Defense Control Center.

He noted that clearing the archaeological and historical part of Palmyra city of mines and explosive devices is carried out by members of the engineering squad formed by the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Armed Forces.

“Personnel conduct reconnaissance and explosives clearance using high-tech robotic tools,” Shoigu said.

Russia’s armed forces have deployed a field hospital to Palmyra, the Russian Minister said.

“It’s fitted out with the most advanced medical equipment to operate autonomously for 30 days. If necessary, both the Syrian military and local citizens returning back home can address to that medical installation,” Shoigu said.

M. al-Frieh/H. Said

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