DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Army initiated a wide-scale mop-up operation in three towns formerly held by insurgents in southern Damascus following mass evacuation.
The process uncovered two tunnels stretching from Beit Sahm town to the Damascus International Airport highway. Apparently the tunnels were meant to be used by rebels to sneak and cut off the strategic freeway; a venture the rebels have failed to achieve throughout the 7 year-long war.
The government forces also found a huge weapon and ammo cache that contains assault rifles, mortar shells and launchers and large quantities of explosives.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Army’s engineering units continue to demine dozens of IEDs planted by rebel groups in the recently-liberated towns, with the aim to fully secure the area and allow civilians to return to their homes and farms.
Earlier this month, the insurgents accepted an evacuation deal with the Syrian government whereby they left to Syria’s north.