SAA CLAIMS DARAA WILL BE ENTIRELY DE-MINED WITHIN A MONTH

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Syrian government forces continue to neutralize mines in Daraa. The operation is expected to be completed in one month.

“We are collecting everything from here and we take it to a deserted area, where we have deep pits, which are used to detonate the found mines, bombs and other explosive objects,” a Syrian military official told reporters.

“We are still working on the mine,” he added. “We are still working on the area, and we believe it will take a month to complete the cleaning of the city.”

Syrian government forces resumed control of Daraa, formerly occupied by armed jihadist groups, in 2016. However, the area remained closed, being reopened for civilians only now. Recently, Syrians in the region have begun to return to some neighborhoods, from which all the mines have already been removed.

Syria has been facing an imperialist war of aggression since March 2011. Government forces are confronted by armed opposition groups and terrorist organizations like ISIS and the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front.

According to data from senior UN officials, about 400,000 people were killed in clashes in the country.

Although ISIS’ defeat in Syria was declared last December, some fighters and other terrorist cells still remain in the region.

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Meanwhile, Syria’s foreign ministry accused the countries of the US-led international coalition of violating international law by bombing areas in Deir ez-Zor province, killing at least 62 civilians.

“The crime committed by the coalition proves once again that their countries are ignorant of international law and lack moral values,” says the letter from the Syrian Foreign Ministry sent to the UN Secretary General, SANA said.

The Syrian foreign ministry has called for an independent and impartial investigation into the air strike, as well as measures to prevent similar situations from recurring.

“This horrible crime has proved to everyone that the US goal in this illegitimate operation is not to fight terrorism, but to murder as many Syrians as possible and completely ignore humanitarian values,” the letter added.

SANA news agency reported Saturday that coalition attacks on the villages of Al-Sousse and Al-Bubadran killed 62 civilians.

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