In Deir ez-Zor, 3,722 booby-traps and mines were cleared from an area of 33,000 square meters.
The Deir ez-Zor region was the last area under the rule of the terrorist Islamic State. To prevent the region from being liberated, large areas of land were mined with countless booby traps. The Roj Mine Control Organization (RMCO) has now been able to clear explosive devices from an area of 33,000 square meters in which 4,400 people live in a 46-day mine clearance campaign. 3,722 booby traps and devices were discovered and defused on the site. Countless mortar shells and even Katyusha missiles were among the defused explosive devices.
The RMCO was founded in 2016 as a specialized bomb disposal team. A year later, the ten-person team began to network with international organizations.
Two small children killed by mines two days ago
Mines and devices are still a massive problem in northern and eastern Syria. On 28 September, two children were killed in the explosion of a booby trap left by IS near the village of Behra near Deir ez-Zor. Two other children were injured. The children killed were just 2 and 3.