Syrian govt. forces discover Israeli-made arms smuggled to terrorists
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The Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported that Syrian army troopers launched a clean-up operation in the southern part of Homs, located 162 kilometers (101 miles) north of the capital Damascus, and uncovered a huge cache of ammunition and explosives, where were meant to be distributed among anti-government extremists groups.
Elsewhere in al-Hajar al-Aswad city, located just four kilometers south of Damascus, Syrian soldiers found Israeli-made weapons stashed inside a network of secret underground tunnels.
This is not the first time that Syrian government forces have made such findings from terrorists' hideouts across the war-ravaged Arab country.
On April 3, Syrian troops carried out operations in the villages of al-Salihiyah, al-Dweir, al-Kishma and Sabikhan in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr near the border with Iraq, and discovered Israeli-built chemical substances, explosive materials and weapons there.
Syrian soldiers also uncovered several artillery shells produced by some members of the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
An unnamed Syrian military source said many rocket-propelled grenades were found inside the Daesh arms cache in Salihiyah, while the depot in Dweir contained rocket launchers as well as mortar shells of different kinds.
In September 2016, Israeli legislator Akram Hasoon accused the Tel Aviv regime of directly providing military assistance to members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Hasoon, in a post published on his Facebook page, said the extremists were shelling the Druze village of Khadr under the generous support and protection of Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Avigdor Lieberman.
He wrote that Israel had offered advanced technological equipment to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham militants in order to give them the upper hand in clashes with Syrian government forces.
‘Hundreds of journalists killed while covering Syria crisis’
Meanwhile, the so-called Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) says a total of 682 journalists, including eight foreign nationals, have been killed while covering the developments of Syrian conflict.
The SNHR announced in a statement that 64 Syrian reporters and three foreigners were killed by Daesh terrorists, and four Syrian reporters were killed by US-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militants.
The statement added that 25 reporters were killed during heavy clashes between Syrian army soldiers and foreign-backed militants.
One reporter was killed by the so-called US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, and 35 others lost their lives at the hands of Takfiri terrorists.
On January 17, a field correspondent for the press office of the Syrian army lost his life while covering territorial advances made by government forces and allied fighters from popular defense groups in battles against foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus.
Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported that Lieutenant Colonel Sharaf Walid Khalil was killed as army troops and their allies were moving deeper into the city of Harasta.
He was killed three months after Syrian cameraman Mohammed Milad working for state television lost his life when an explosive device went off in the central province of Homs.
Daesh Takfiris had reportedly mined the area heavily in an attempt to slow the advance of Syrian forces.
On November 12, 2016, Mohsen Khazaei, an Iranian reporter for the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), was killed in the Minyan district of Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo amid fierce fighting between government forces and terrorists. His cameraman sustained injuries.
On October 13, 2016, Polish freelance journalist Patryk Skolak was killed in Aleppo.
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 that are wreaking havoc in the country.