TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Russia is to send 175 de-mining engineers to defuse mines in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor, Interfax news agency quoted Russia’s Defense Ministry as saying on Monday.

The first detachment of 40 de-miners has already been deployed to Russia’s Hmeimim air base in Syria, the ministry said, according to Reuters.

The Syrian army and its allies last week broke a three-year siege by the terrorists on a government-held enclave of Deir ez-Zor and an adjacent air base.

The rapid government advances, accompanied by Russian airstrikes, are squeezing the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in its last major Syrian stronghold.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh, currently controlling parts of it.