Russian engineers have cleared around 180 hectares of lands in the ancient city of Palmyra, defusing some 3,000 mines and explosive devices left by ISIL, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. “Beginning April 1, over 30 kilometers of roads and more than 182 hectares of land have been cleared of mines, 2,987 explosive objects have been unearthed,” Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at a teleconference at the National Defense Control Center. “Personnel conduct reconnaissance and explosives clearance using high-tech robotic tools,” Shoigu said. The Russian minister added that Russia’s armed forces have also set up a field hospital in Palmyra to provide additional medical services to the Syrians who return thier home in the city of Palmyra. “The field hospital is equipped with the most advanced medical equipment to operate autonomously for 30 days. If necessary, both the Syrian military and local citizens returning back home in Palmyra can use the medical facility,” Shoigu said. Syrian forces, backed by the Russian air support, kicked out ISIL terrorists from Palmyra on March 27, an achievement not only considered a strategic win. The city had been under ISIL control for more than 10 months, during which the terrorists destroyed a number of unique ancient monuments, including the Arch of Triumph and the iconic 2,000-year-old Bel Temple. The City of Palms has been left partly devastated and ridden with explosive devices. Russian anti-mine and explosive engineers continue work in Palmyra in order to clear the ancient city of mines and other explosive devices left behind by ISIL. In average the Russian anti-bomb forces clear 20 hectares of land in Palmyra each day, as the Russian military said yesterday, they defuse or dismantle a total of 117 explosive devices. ISIL terrorists, while retreating from and leaving Palmyra, planted mines and explosive devices to slow the advance momentum by the Syrian army and its allies, however Russian mine sweepers have been dispatched to the city to dismantle the mines and explosive devices left by terrorists in city as civilians began returning to their homes.