Armenia dispatched a humanitarian relief mission on Syria to assist in demining operations and provide emergency medical services to citizens in need. The Armenian Defence Ministry’s spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan claimed on Saturday that Yerevan dispatched a group of 83 security officials with specialisation in medical emergencies and demining of former battle territories.
The search-and-destroy land mine operations will improve the security conditions in the war-torn city of Aleppo. Aleppo is located in north-western Syria and has been heavily damaged from the presence of hostilities between Islamic State militias and the Syrian Army, for more than four years, before the Syrian army reclaimed the city in December 2016. Medical groups will setup improvised clinics within the city’s premises to help citizens in need. Security escorts will guarantee the successful conduct of demining and medical activities on the ground but will not be involved into exchange of gunfire with quarrelling parties. The Armenian mission will be assisted by the Russian forces in the region, providing logistical and emergency support if necessary.
Before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, the city of Aleppo hosted more than 110.000 Armenians. Syria hosted one of the largest Armenian diasporas in the world. Since then, more than 22.000 Armenians had returned back to their motherland.