10:45 GMT24 July 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least one civilian was killed and 15 others were injured as a result of a mine explosion in the village of Al-Hamraa in Syria's western province of Hama, the Sham FM radio broadcaster reported on Sunday.

    According to the Sham FM radio broadcaster, 15 civilians sustained various injuries due to the explosion of a landmine that some armed groups left in an agricultural workshop at farms in the village in northeastern Hama.

    On 29 August,  the Russian Defence Ministry said in its daily bulletin that 370 Syrian refugees had returned to their home country from Lebanon over the past day through the Jaydet-Yabus and Tell-Kalah checkpoints.

    The ministry further noted that engineer troops of the Syrian armed forces had cleared of mines a combined 1.7 hectares (4.2 acres) of territory in the provinces of Damascus and Daraa over the past day, the ministry added. Military personnel defused 35 explosive items over this period.

    Syria has been mired in conflict for almost a decade, with numerous opposition groups as well as militant and terrorist organisations fighting the Syrian Arab Army and other forces loyal to the government of President Bashar Assad.

    By 2016, terrorist forces were significantly subdued and the government and opposition concluded a ceasefire, with Russia, Iran and Turkey acting as its guarantors. The Syrian army has since been conducting operations to detect and defuse explosive devices across the country.

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