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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

More Doctors and Sappers for Kabul

Russia plans to send an additional team of doctors and sappers to Afghanistan to boost its humanitarian work in Kabul, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Tuesday.

"I will order that the personnel of our medical center in Kabul be beefed up," Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a telephone conference with the Russian field hospital in Kabul, according to Interfax.

Valery Vostrotin, who heads the hospital, said that between 200 and 300 Afghans wait in line daily to see Russian doctors. He also said that sappers had neutralized 683 explosives over the past four days while erecting a field camp in Kabul.

Shoigu said that a team of sappers, who recently returned from Kosovo, should be sent to Afghanistan.

Russia opened the field hospital this week in a bombed-out military complex in the center of the Afghan capital.

The hospital is staffed by 90 Emergency Situations Ministry employees.

Shoigu said that during the first phase of Russia's humanitarian aid program for Afghanistan, seven Il-76 planes had delivered 175.2 metric tons of cargo from Tajikistan to Kabul.