Syrian government forces have discovered Israeli and US-made weapons and munitions from former positions of foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in the country’s southern province of Quneitra.
An informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that army troops had carried out clean-up operations in the southern countryside of the province, which is close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, on Tuesday, and found a weapons depot left behind by Takfiri terrorists.
The source added that the ammunition included 37mm and 23mm auto-cannons as well as man-portable anti-armor rocket launchers.
A Western-made mine and an improvised explosive device (IED) detection system, binoculars, Thuraya satellite phones, a portable satellite internet system in addition to Jordanian, Saudi and Kuwaiti medicine were recovered from the militant redoubt as well.
Meanwhile, Russian warplanes have conducted 12 airstrikes against militant positions in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the aerial attacks targeted areas in close proximity to Idlib’s central prison besides the towns of Falioun, Korin, and Bakflon on the western outskirts of Idlib early on Tuesday.
The Britain-based monitoring group added that the airstrikes caused heavy damage to militant positions.
Russian jets have been carrying out air raids against targets belonging to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and those of other terror outfits inside Syria at the Damascus government’s formal request since September 2015.
The airstrikes have helped Syrian forces advance against anti-Damascus militants.
Under a deal reached following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on September 17, all militants in a demilitarized zone, which surrounds Idlib and also parts of the adjacent provinces of Aleppo and Hama, were supposed to pull out heavy arms by October 17, and Takfiri groups had to withdraw by October 15.
The National Front for the Liberation of Syria is the main Turkish-backed militant alliance in the Idlib region, but the Takfiri Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist group, which is a coalition of different factions of terror outfits, largely composed of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, holds a large part of the province and the zone.
The HTS, which is said to be in control of some 60 percent of Idlib Province, has yet to announce its stance on the buffer zone deal.
It is estimated that between 10,000 and 15,000 members of different factions of armed groups, which Syria, Russia and Turkey consider terrorists, are active in the volatile province, which is home to around three million inhabitants.
Russia believes that a buffer zone would help stop attacks from Idlib-based militants on Syrian army positions and Russia’s military bases in the flashpoint region.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.