Published On: Sat, Dec 24th, 2016

Russia Deployed Military Police to Aleppo

nsnbc : The Russian Defense Ministry deployed a military police detachment to the Syrian city of Aleppo to help protect Russian demining experts and a mobile hospital and help restore law and order in the city.

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The Ministry announced that the detachment arrived in Syria via the Hmeineim Air base. Russian demining experts are helping with the removal of mines, improvised explosive devices and other hazards left behind by insurgents to enable civilians to return to their homes as soon as possible.

The military police detachment will also provide security for a mobile military hospital operated by Russian forces to help cope with the medical needs of about 100,000 who have been displaced and are waiting to return to their homes.

On December 5 the mobile hospital was targeted and his by shells fired by the so-called rebels while it was in the al-Furqan neighborhood in Aleppo. The attack claimed the lives of two Russian medics and injured a number of civilians.

Russian Defense Ministry officials told the Interfax news agency that Russian forces are expected to assist local police in restoring law and order to Aleppo. “At the present time, the division has been transported from the Hmeymim air base to the city of Aleppo to perform duties as part of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in the Syrian Arab Republic,” reported the Ministry.

The Defense Ministry underpinned that the Russian military police detachment consists exclusively of professional soldiers, meaning there are no draftees on the mission.

F/AK – nsnbc 24.12.2016

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