Syria: Mine clearance underway after Syrian Army liberates Palmyra from ISIS

Syrian Army soldiers were seen disposing of explosives as de-mining and bomb clearance operations continue in Palmyra, Friday, after the ancient Syrian city was liberated from so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) forces by the Syrian Army with assistance from Russian Air Forces.
Governor of Homs Talal al-Barazi said that "the volume of infrastructure damage in the city is very large, especially electricity, telephone communications and water. We need a great effort to restore it all," adding "I believe that the electricity and water supply will be restored within three weeks."
Barazi added that they were waiting for the Syrian sappers to finish their work, stating that "we are also waiting for Russian friends, who will help to de-mine the roads and the houses, which were mined by ISIS terrorists."
Palmyra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, formerly known for housing some of the best-preserved monuments of antiquity anywhere in the world. Since capturing the city in May, 2015, IS militants have blown up the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel, and the Arch of Triumph, and have used the Roman-era amphitheater for filmed public executions. The UN's cultural agency described the groups' archaeological demolishing as a 'war crime.'
Syrian forces assisted by Russian Air Forces completely liberated the city and cleared it of IS militants on Sunday.

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