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Military mine blast kills 4, injures 36 in eastern Syria

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 17, IRNA -- Explosion of a land mine in Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria, has claimed the lives of 4 civilians and injured 36 others.

According to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), a bus with 40 workers on board hit military mines remaining from ISIS terrorists in Sholah District, southwest of Deir ez-Zor.

Head of Al-Assad Hospital Mamoun Hizeh said that 38 people who were injured in their head, spinal cord and leg were transferred to hospital.

He also added that two of them succumbed to injuries.

The terrorist group ISIS (Daesh) has occupied wide areas in Syria since 2014 and has planted mines there.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement called on the international community to join efforts in the urgent task of humanitarian demining operations in Syria.

'We call upon the international community to actively join the Russian-Syrian efforts in this direction and provide the appropriate financial and technical support,' the statement reads.

Such 'urgent and expeditious' efforts on a global scale would ultimately contribute to creating conditions for the return of millions of Syrians to their homes and the reconstruction of the country, the statement added.

Meanwhile earlier, UN reported that eight years since the war began, 12 million Syrians are either refugees or displaced inside Syria; adding up to around half the pre-war population.

"Around 70 percent of Syrian refugees live a razor-edge existence below the poverty line," said UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi in a joint statement, who recently visited Syria and Lebanon, where refugees make up a quarter of the population.

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