BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – With heavy clashes in East Ghouta ongoing, the Faylaq al-Rahman Islamist faction has released yet another video of one of its anti-tank teams scoring a direct hit on a passing BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). However, it appears that the SAA vehicle was not knocked-out by what otherwise seems to be a deadly strike against it.
Unlike most video-recorded rebel engagements with pro-government armor which normally involves the use of some kind of anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, the attack by Faylaq al-Rahman shown in the video below was carried out by an SPG-9 recoilless rifle.
In the video, the SPG-9 round fired by the militant group appears to hit the frontal turret area of the government BMP-1. The SAA infantry fighting vehicle nonetheless continues on its path, partially disappearing behind a ditch. No visual evidence appears of a catastrophic explosion and it is possible that the worst damage sustained by the BMP-1 was a mere buckling of its turret plate.
Whether any of the SAA crew of the BMP-1 were killed or injured is unknown. It is very possible that the crew abandoned the armored vehicle shortly after it was hit.
It is worth noting that near the end of the video, an explosion can be heard coming from somewhere. Nonetheless, it seems unlikely that this is linked to the hit sustained by the BMP-1 as, again, no visual evidence appears of a catastrophic explosion which is generally caused by the cooking-off of high-explosive ammunition and fuel within an armored vehicle.