BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – A marksman of the Faylaq al-Rahman Islamist group appears to have disabled a 23-mm ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in eastern Damascus.
The video released on social media did not clarify whether the shot was part of engagements in the district of Ayn Tarma or Jobar (both fronts are highly active at the present time).
What can be gathered from the footage is that the militant sniper took their shot at well over a kilometer with a high-powered rifle. The marksman’s round hit either the breach of the 23-mm gun or (highly unlikely) straight down one of the two barrels, causing a loaded shell in the cannon to detonate and effectively render the weapon useless.
Al-Masdar News cannot clarify whether or not any SAA troops were wounded or killed as a result of this event.
It is worth noting that many of the Islamist snipers in east Damascus have years of experience and often carry out opportunistic shots like the one shown in the video below as a means of keeping pro-government forces weary of their unseen presence.