Russian Palmyra-based military hospital returns to Russia

Il-112V. Source: KB Ilyushina

Il-112V. Source: KB Ilyushina

50 military doctors return to the permanent base in Russian Far East

A Russian military hospital opened in Palmyra, where servicemen from a combined unit of the Russian Armed Forces' International Mine Action Center were working, has been transported from Syria back to Russia, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry told Interfax on June 10.

"Fifty military doctors, who were providing medical care to the combined unit of the Russian Armed Forces' International Mine Action Center, as well as to servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic and local residents in the city of Palmyra, have returned to Russia," it said.

"The Russian military hospital returned to its permanent base because the forces of the combined unit of the Russian Armed Forces' International Mine Action Center were withdrawn after completing their work to clear Palmyra and its outskirts of mines," the Defense Ministry said.

A first-aid post with a staff of 11 Russian military doctors continues to function on the liberated territory, it said.

"Two [Ilyushin] Il-76 military-transport airplanes took off from the Hmeimim airbase and landed in Khabarovsk, delivering assets and staff of the Russian military hospital, which had been tackling tasks in Syria's Palmyra since mid-April 2016," it said.

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