Russian Experts to Assist in Clearing Landmines From Palmyra

Moscow to deploy engineers and "special robots" to help in demining Palmyra following the Syrian army's recapture of the ancient city last week

Russia announced on Monday it will send a team of experts to the ancient city of Palmyra to assist the Syrian army in the cleanup of landmines which were planted by Islamic State militants.

The Russian RT website quoted head of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, as saying that Moscow will send engineers along with special robots to take part in demining the archaeological sites in the desert city.

Gerasimov added that Russian air strikes destroyed terrorist positions and depots in Pamlyra and its surroundings, cutting off oil smuggling routes which finance terrorism in Syria and abroad.

Syrian army units backed by popular defense groups on Sunday recaptured Palmyra city and its UNESCO listed heritage sites, while also establishing full control over Palmyra Airport.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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