Russian sappers demined over 180 hectares of Palmyra since April 1 TASS 31304161

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Russian sappers demined over 180 hectares of Palmyra since April 1
Russian sappers have cleared more than 180 hectares of Syria’s Palmyra of mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) since April 1, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told journalists on Tuesday.
     
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"Over 30 km of roads and more than 182 hectares of land have been cleared of mines and 2,987 explosive objects have been lifted since April 1," he said during a conference call with the armed forces leadership at the National Defense Control Center.

He said the Russian Armed Forces International Mine Action Center had formed a demining detachment to clear the historical part of Palmyra of explosive objects. "The detachment is looking for and lifting mines, using up-to-date robotic equipment," the defense minister said, adding that special operators are providing security for the detachment.

A field hospital was deployed to Palmyra to provide timely medical assistance to the Russian force, if needed.

"It [the hospital] is furnished with up-to-date medical equipment and designed for 30 days of self-sustained operation," the defense minister said. "Both Syrian troops and local population, who started returning to Palmyra, may go to the hospital, if need be," Shoigu added.
     
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