Armenian De-Miner Injured Near Aleppo

By Asbarez | Saturday, 09 March 2019

Landmines commonly found in Syria

Landmines commonly found in Syria

Doctors have amputated the right foot of an Armenian de-miner who was seriously injured when a landmine exploded near Aleppo, the Armenian Center for Humanitarian De-Mining and Expertise reported on Friday.

Nazeli Elbakyan, a spokesperson for the agency that is affiliated with Armenia’s Defense Ministry said that the officer, who was clearing mines as part of a humanitarian mission dispatched to Syria last month, was out of danger.

“Doctors now describe his condition as normal. He will be transported to Armenia,” Elbakyan told RFE/RL’s Armenian service. She refused to identify the injured officer.

The cause of the incident was a booby trap landmine that was concealed under a plastic layer.

On February 8, Armenia dispatched 83 army medics, de-miners and other experts to the Syrian city of Aleppo on what was described as a humanitarian mission. The mission, which was hailed by Russia but criticized by the United States, was part of Yerevan’s efforts to provide assistance to post-war Syria.