September 11, 2017 / 5:46 AM / in 2 months

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

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.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shakes hands with Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman, Jordan September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

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

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