20 Oct 2017 21:44

Russian bomb disposal experts continue demining liberated areas of Deir ez-Zor

MOSCOW. Oct 20 (Interfax-AVN) - Russian military specialists from the Russian Armed Forces' International Mine Action Center continue to demine liberated areas of the city of Deir ez-Zor, operations over the past 24 hours have involved examining 34 hectares of territory and 64 buildings and finding and destroying 863 explosive items, Lieut. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko, deputy commander of Russian forces in Syria, said.

"Overall, in the period that the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Federation Armed Forces has been working in Syria, 538 hectares of area and 1,301 buildings have been checked and 31,997 explosive items found and destroyed, which permits work to begin on restoring houses and infrastructure," Kuralenko told journalists on Friday.

Furthermore, the Russian reconciliation center delivered 2,500 kilograms of humanitarian aid to Al-Gasbiya in the Homs province: rice, flour, canned meat, sugar and tea, the general said. Destitute residents received 350 food ration kits. Furthermore, Russian army medics tended to 37 local residents, including nine children.

"Syrian government forces, jointly with the Center, provided protection for another humanitarian convoy of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which delivered humanitarian aid - food and medications, 162 tonnes in total - to al-Dar Al-Kabirah in Homs province," Kuralenko said.