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MOSCOW, April 5 /TASS/. Russian field engineers have defused 158 explosive devices and combed 12 hectares of land in the ancient town of Palmyra for mines over the past 24 hours, the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria said in a news bulletin posted on the Russian Defense Ministry website.
"Experts from the Russian Armed Forces Anti-Mine Center continued clearing the objects of cultural heritage and infrastructure in Palmyra from mines. The Russian field engineers have examined 12 hectares of land in the town’s historical part and have defused 158 explosive devices over the past 24 hours," the center’s news bulletin said.