Syrian Forces Demine 3.7 Acres of Land Over Past 24 Hours

Sputnik-Middle East
Syrian army soldiers stand guard as Russian military police vehicle passes by near the town of Alhureyeh, Syria, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

Syrian military engineers have diffused 33 explosive devices over the past 24 hours, having demined 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres) of land, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

“Engineering units of the armed forces of the Syrian Arab Republic performed mine clearance tasks in Duma, Jasim, and Al Harah (Daraa province) over the past 24 hours. [A total of] 1.5 hectares were cleared, 33 explosive objects were found and destroyed,” the centre said in its daily bulletin.

The bulletin added that no refugees had returned to Syria from neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan over the past day, which has been a case due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has affected all three countries and caused authorities to shut borders.

Additionally, the Russian side of the Russian-Turkish commission monitoring the implementation of the Syrian truce has not recorded a single ceasefire violation over the past 24 hours, while the Turkish side has registered one breach.

The daily report added that the Russian military had not carried out any humanitarian operations in Syria over the given period.Russia, Turkey, and Iran are the ceasefire guarantors in conflict-affected Syria. Russia regularly carries out humanitarian operations across the country and helps Damascus provide safe passage for the return of Syrian refugees.