Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Russian Coordination Center: 966 Hectares Area Cleared of Explosive Devices in Aleppo Eastern Neighborhoods
28 December، 2016

Lattakia, SANA- Since December 5th, Russian experts from the International Mine Action Center have been able to clear a total area of 966 hectares in Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods of explosive devices that had been planted by terrorists inside schools, mosques, hospitals, and electricity and water facilities.

The Hmeimim-based Russian Coordination Center said in a statement published by RT website that Russian experts from the International Mine Action Center continued their work in the areas which were freed from terrorists in Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods and over the past 24 hours, they have been able to clear 9 mosques, 4 schools, and a kindergarten of mines.

The statement added that since December 5th, a total area of 966 hectares has been cleared of mines, indicating that the cleared area included 350 km of roads, 2,149 houses, 44 schools, 38 mosques, 10 hospitals, two kindergartens, two electricity plants, a water plant, and a number of bakeries.

The statement indicated that Russian experts from the International Mine Action Center have been able to dismantle 14,700 explosive devices including 6,700 handmade bombs over the abovementioned period.

On a relevant note, the head of the International Mine Action Center detachment told Russia 24 that while carrying out demining in Aleppo, the Russian experts found ammo, small weapons, Grad missiles, and shells manufactured in Germany, the United States, and Bulgaria.

R.J/ Hazem Sabbagh

Russian Foreign Ministry: Attacking Russian Embassy in Damascus reaffirms the urgent need for prompt elimination of terrorism

28 December، 2016

Damascus, SANA- The Russian Embassy in Damascus has been shelled by armed terrorist groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta, Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry said, in a statement, that one of the shells fell in the courtyard of the compound of the Russian diplomatic mission’s administrative buildings and fortunately did not explode, while the second shell fell in the close vicinity to its territory, adding that combat engineers have been involved to defuse unexploded ordnance.

“We have to state that there remains a real threat to the embassy in Damascus and its employees from the terrorist groups entrenched in Damascus suburbs,” the ministry said, adding that “this reaffirms the urgent need for prompt elimination of all such hotbeds of terrorism.”

The ministry condemned the repeated attacks on the Russian Embassy in Damascus, pointing out that “repeated shelling of the Russian diplomatic mission in Damascus should get a corresponding evaluation and be vehemently condemned by all those who de facto counteract challenges and threats of terrorism.”

The ministry said that Moscow considers “this new provocation by extremists opposing the peaceful settlement in Syria as the confirmation of their intention to continue sowing terror and violence, support the atmosphere of fear among residents of the Syrian capital, delivering wicked blows from their hidden shelters under the cover of the ‘human shield.”


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