Photo Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Demarko D. Bones
Sappers

Syrian bomb disposal engineers trained by Russian military experts are ready to start removing the mines planted in the demilitarized zone on the Golan Heights near the border between Syria and Israel, now that the rebel forces have vacated the area, Deputy Commander of the Russian Contingent in Syria Lieutenant-General Sergei Kuralenko said on Wednesday, according to a TASS report.

“The Syrian Armed Forces’ sappers are ready for work to demine terrain and roads in the demilitarized zone, which will guarantee the security of the UN convoys along the patrol routes,” Kuralenko said, adding that that Russian military will maintain security during the Syrian sappers’ work in the region.

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Russian military police has been maintaining security in a zone of roughly 30 miles along the Israeli border, keeping Iranian forces and Iranian proxy militias, including Hezbollah, from getting near the border.

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