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Reports: Syrian Army Finds Saudi-Made Explosives in Eastern Ghouta Cleanup Op

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A Syrian Army field commander speaking to the Syrian Arab News Agency [SANA] said that ammo depots were found in the town of Zamalka, about 3.5 km northeast of central Damascus.


The Syrian military also discovered rockets of the kind previously used by Ghouta terrorists to indiscriminately shell Damascus.

According to the commander, the Faylaq Al-Rahman militant group controlling the town effectively turned one of its neighborhoods into a network of factories and depots manufacturing and storing shells and the accompanying explosives, and turning spent tank shells into improvised explosive devices.

These makeshift weapons production and storage facilities were all linked by a tunnel network.

Some of the explosive materials were Saudi-made, the commander said. Along with the explosives was equipment for mixing them with C4 or chlorine to increase the destructive power of the artillery shells which militants would lob into the capital's residential neighborhoods.

The Syrian Army also found several depots used to store large artillery shells, including shells for the widely used Grad rocket system.

Finally, they uncovered secret prison facilities where prisoners held by the terrorists were forced to do hard labor.

The Syrian Army wrapped up Operation Damascus Steel, a mission to clear the terrorist-held East Ghouta pocket following years of terrorist shelling of the capital, on Thursday. The operation, started on February 18, saw the Syrian Army and its allies fighting against a ragtag coalition of Islamists, including Jaysh al-Islam, the Faylaq al-Rahman, Ahrar al-Sham, and the al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate.

During its operations, Syrian troops discovered large stocks of weapons from the Zionist entity, the US, Belgium and other NATO countries. 

They also found vast underground facilities, from torture chambers and makeshift medical facilities to underground tunnels large enough to drive vehicles through.

Last week, just day before the Syrian military wrapped up Operation Damascus steel, opposition activists in Douma, Eastern Ghouta accused government forces of carrying out a chemical attack, prompting the US, the UK and France to threaten to launch strikes against the war-torn country.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team