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    Russian army sappers work at the historic part of Palmyra, Syria, in this photo released by Russian Ministry of Defence on April 9, 2016

    Mission Accomplished: Russian Deminers Defuse 19,000 Explosives in Palmyra

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    The Russian Aerospace Forces have fully completed their tasks in Syria’s Palmyra after defusing approximately 19,000 explosive devices and clearing 116 kilometers (72 miles) of roads, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday.

    Shoigu said the Russian deminers have already returned to Russia and that there is only a group remaining in Palmyra that is training the Syrians.

    “A demining unit from the international anti-mining center of the Armed Forces has fully completed their tasks in Palmyra. An area of 825 hectares has been cleared, as well as 116 kilometers of roads. Approximately 19,000 explosive devices have been defused,” Shoigu said.

    On March 27, Syrian government forces, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, liberated the city of Palmyra from Daesh terrorist group, 10 months after its capture. The terrorist group has destroyed a significant part of Palmyra's historic ruins, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    After the liberation of Palmyra on March 27, Russia deployed its bomb squad and specialized robots to Syria in the next few days to demine the historic city.

     

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