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Syrian Army Discovers Explosives Production Plant in Eastern Ghouta - Reports

© REUTERS / Bassam KhabiehSmoke rises during clashes between forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and the Army of Islam fighters
Smoke rises during clashes between forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and the Army of Islam fighters - Sputnik International
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BEIRUT (Sputnik) - Syrian government troops discovered a clandestine facility for the production of improvised explosive devices in the city of Harasta in Eastern Ghouta, local media reported on Thursday.

According to SANA, the facility, which is one of the biggest in Eastern Ghouta, was discovered during a clearing operation in the city following withdrawal of militants and their families. Besides the explosive devices, the facility produced mortar shells and rockets, which were used during attacks on Damascus.

Syrian army soldiers are seen at the entrance of Harasta, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria March 22, 2018 - Sputnik International
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The Syrian army also discovered field hospitals, terrorists' headquarters and a developed network of underground tunnels, the publication said.

Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the counterterrorism operation in Eastern Ghouta is nearing completion. The spokeswoman noted that Duma was the only city in Eastern Ghouta still under control of illegal armed groups, while the majority of civilians residing in the city had managed to leave the area through the humanitarian corridor.

The situation in Eastern Ghouta has been tense over the past weeks resulting in ongoing shelling by local militants on Damascus and fire from the Syrian pro-government forces. Syrian government forces have regained control of nearly all of Eastern Ghouta.

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