Russia sends 175 sappers to clear Deir ez-Zor of mines

12.09.2017, Russia.

An advanced detachment of Russian sappers was redeployed to Khmeimim airbase in Syria to clear the liberated areas of Deir ez-Zor of mines, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense Information Department of the on September 11th, Interfax reports.

A total of 175 troops from the International Mine Action Center and 42 units of special engineering equipment, including modern Uran-6 robotic complexes, will be redeployed to the Syrian Arab Republic for humanitarian mine clearing,” the Department reports, noting that a canine group with mine-detecting dogs and 7 units of special equipment had already been deployed to the Russian Khmeimim airbase.

The troops will shortly be deployed to the liberated areas of the city of Deir ez-Zor for reconnaissance and assessment of the extent of the forthcoming mine clearance“, the military department said, adding that “first of all, the sappers will be clearing roads leading to different social infrastructure facilities, hospitals, schools, homes, water and electricity facilities, and historic cultural monuments“.

On September 9th, Syrian Army General Mohammed Hadur, the commander of the Deir ez-Zor liberation operation said,  “In the next few days we will hoist the flag of the Syrian Arab Republic up into the skies of Deir ez-Zor.

The offensive operation directed at Deir ez-Zor, where of the ISIL (organization banned in Russia) militants’ in Syria last major stronghold was located, was developed by the Russian General staff together with the Syrian command. General Colonel Sergei Rudskoy, chief of operations of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff , stated that the breakthrough in the city of Deir ez-Zor was an event that surpassed all the previous victories of the Syrian Army in its significance and scale.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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