Mine-clearing operation completed in Syria Deir ez-Zor

Russian and Syrian sappers have completed the mine-clearing operation in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, Chief of the Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Sides in Syria Sergei Kuralenko said.

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During the operation, the servicemen defused almost 45,000 explosive devices, he added. "The mine-clearing operation in Deir ez-Zor has been completed. During the mine-clearing operation, sappers from the Russian Armed Forces’ international anti-mine center together with Syrian servicemen examined 1,238 hectares of the city’s territory and adjacent areas and 246 kilometers [153 miles] of roads and detected and defused 44,783 explosive devices," the center’s chief said.

According to him, an agreement was reached with representatives of the Syrian government to deploy a task force of the Syrian Supreme National Committee in Deir ez-Zor. The task force will restore the activity of local authorities in the regions liberated from terrorists and create conditions to help civilians return to their homes.

The Syrian military announced the complete liberation of Deir ez-Zor from terrorists of the Islamic State terrorist organization on November 3. Russian sappers had launched the mine-clearing operation there on September 29. It was reported that more than 170 servicemen of the international anti-mine center and 40 items of special and engineering equipment had been deployed to Syria.

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