Russia sends 175 de-miners to Syria's Deir al-Zor: Interfax

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 11, 2017 1:46 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is to send 175 de-mining engineers to defuse mines in Syria's Deir al-Zor, Interfax news agency quoted Russia's Defence Ministry as saying on Monday.

The first detachment of 40 de-miners has already been deployed to Russia's Hmeimim air base in Syria, the ministry said.

Syrian government forces and U.S.-backed militias converged on Islamic State in separate offensives against the militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor on Sunday.

(Reporting by Polina Devitt; editing by Christian Lowe)