Russian combat engineers completely demine historical site of Palmyra

Moscow, SANA- the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday that the Combat Engineers have fully demined Historical Part of the Syrian city of Palmyra.

The mines were planted by ISIS terrorist organization in Palmyra archeological city before establishing control over it by the Syrian army units on March 27th.

“Russian combat engineers have fully cleared of explosive devices the historical part of Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra”, Commander of Russian Engineering Troops Lt. Gen. Yuri Stavitsky said.

“At this point, the tasks on the demining of the historical part of Palmyra have been accomplished in full,” Stavitsky said in a report to President Vladimir Putin during a video conference call.

He added that the Russian forces demined and dismantled mines and explosive devices from 234 hectares of land and 23 kilometers of roads in addition to 10 facilities of Cultural Heritage.

The Russian military official revealed that the Russian engineers found during the last period 2991 explosive devices which were all dismantled.

Upon the request of the Syrian leadership after establishing control over Palmyra city, Russia sent specialist experts to dismantle the mines to help clear Palmyra from the explosive devices and mines planted by ISIS terrorist organization.

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