BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:35 P.M.) – Recently, Syrian security forces operating within the Damascus capital area foiled a major arms smuggling attempt aimed at resupplying militant groups in East Ghouta.
Among the plethora of weapons and munitions seized were anti-tank rockets and their launchers, tank shells, mortar rounds, IEDs, heavy machine guns, high-powered sniper rifles, assault rifles, grenades and communication equipment.
According to reports, the illegal weapons transfer originated from an unspecified point somewhere in the desert of ‘central Syria’ (likely either out of the East Qalamoun pocket or At-Tanf region).
The arms smuggling attempt was busted when Syrian security troops dissected a truck as part of a routine check of passing vehicles through government checkpoints only to find it laced with weapons within hidden compartments.
According to Al-Masdar News journalist Ibrahim Joudeh, besieged rebel groups in East Ghouta who rely on resupply from the outside world often get weapons from nearby militant-held regions. In an ideal situation, the arms arrive near the Syrian capital by truck and are then transferred into the pocket via yet undiscovered tunnel systems.
Pictures source: Damascus-now media center