Russian sappers carried out last minute training, Monday, before departing for the Syrian city of Palmyra where they will clear explosive devices left behind by the Islamic State.
Palmyra was recaptured over the weekend by the Syrian government forces but IS militants had mined a numbers of areas and buildings before retreating.
In Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, IS militants blew up part of 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 demolishing as a “war crime.”
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