The first detachments of sappers with dogs and robots arrived from Russia to Syria to Palmyra clearance
The first units of the combined unit of International funding of the Russian Armed forces arrived at the airbase “Hamim” to Syria for clearance of critical infrastructure and historical part of ancient city Palmyra. It is reported TASS with reference to the press service and information of the defense Ministry.
“For the transfer of the squad were involved planes Military-transport aircraft An-124 “Ruslan” and Il-76″, – specified in the message. Previously a military-diplomatic source told the Agency that only would be comprised of approximately 100 professionals.
An informed source of”Interfax” reported on Thursday that Russian engineers can start demining operations Palmyra next week. “Now the question is about the arrangement of the camp, preparatory work”, – said the source. The mine will last at least several months, said the source TASS.
The amount of clearance on the architectural, historical and residential parts of the Syrian Palmyra is more than 180 hectares, said the chief of the main operations Directorate of the General staff of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation Sergey rudskoy. Demining squad equipped with “the most modern sets clearance and protection”, declare in the Ministry of defense.
In particular, sappers armed with portable selective inductive mine detectors and MP-2S, portable seekers conductive line control explosive devices, non-contact portable seekers explosive devices INVU-3M, combined sets clearance OVR-2. In addition, the squad included a canine unit with mine detection dogs.
According to Rudskoy, “the work of demining is complicated by the fact that in addition to the standard min industrial manufacturing in Palmyra terrorist groups left a large number of different improvised explosive devices.” Therefore, according to him, in the most sensitive areas will be used specialized robots-sappers “Uranium-6″.
Before sending military personnel to Syria integrated unit mine action center have been instructed and practical training on the specifics of humanitarian demining in the historic Palmyra in the Moscow suburb of Nakhabino, according to the Ministry.
Palmyra was captured by militants of the Islamic state (ISIS, ISIL, DAYS, banned in Russia) may 21, 2015. Immediately after that, the Islamists began destroying the unique cultural objects of the ancient town, recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
At the end of March 2016 the Syrian army got to Palmyra and began to prepare for a decisive attack. Fighting for Palmyra began March 24. On 24 March about the release of Palmyra told Syrian television. However, in Damascus announced a definitive exile militants on March 27. Even during the fighting, the sappers began to mine roads and houses released.
After liberation of the city the Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone congratulated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the head of UNESCO Irina Bokova with the capture of Palmyra and promised that Russian engineers will be involved in the demining of the city.
The experts began assessing damage in the city. In first reports it was reported that the fighting in Palmyra struck the unique monuments less damagethan experts had feared.