Russian Experts Arrive in Syria to Demine Recaptured Palmyra

After Palmyra was recaptured by Syrian troops and Russian airstrikes after a 10-month ISIS reign, Russia has pledged to help clear the archaeological site of mines.

Syrian pro-government forces gesture next to the Palmyra citadel on March 26, 2016.
AFP

The Russian defense ministry says Russian demining experts have arrived in Syria to start clearing mines in the ancient town of Palmyra.

The recent recapture of Palmyra by Syrian troops under the cover of Russian airstrikes was an important victory over ISIS extremists who operated a 10-month reign of terror there.

Russia has pledged to help the Syrian government with clearing the archaeological sites of mines, and the defense ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the first demining group landed early Thursday at Russia's base in Syria. It was not immediately clear when the Russians would get to Palmyra.

The demining is expected to take several months.