DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:45 P.M.) – Amid reports of militants running low on ammunition and anti-tank weaponry, Islamist rebels based in the East Ghouta pocket tried to smuggle tons of armaments into the opposition-held farmland, located on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, on Wednesday.
After a truck driver was bribed by opposition forces, he reportedly drove his vehicle from Sweida Province and crossed into the Rif Dimashq Governorate before reaching the outskirts of the East Ghouta. However, at a checkpoint near the frontline, security forces discovered a hidden compartment inside the truck where hundreds of anti-tank missiles, anti-tank mines and improvised explosives were stored.
Footage of the captured armaments were then broadcasted on Syrian state television:
Despite denying any knowledge of the hidden weapons, the truck driver was arrested and will face prosecution shortly. He stands charged for aiding and abetting terrorism.
Several similar incidents have occurred in and around Damascus throughout 2017, but somehow jihadist militants in the East Ghouta continue to fight on, causing some analysts to speculate that corrupt army officials are turning a blind eye to the smuggling in return for cool cash, most of which is said to come from Saudi Arabia.