Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Syrian Army field commander said in an interview with Sputnik that a network of sophisticated tunnels had been found in Eastern Ghouta, which he described as "underground houses, created for terrorist leaders".
"Some electrified rooms are finished with tiles and plastic, with premises varying in purpose. There are offices and headquarters as well as living rooms to sleep in and eat meals," he explained.He mentioned several large tunnels which could be used for deploying a car "or even a tank can pass through them."
According to him, the tunnels "had more than once protected the militants and their equipment from the air strikes of the Syrian army."
Meanwhile, more civilians are returning to their homes in the area as the Syrian government has sent repair brigades there to quickly restore power lines, water pipes and telephone communications destroyed by terrorists, Eastern Ghouta resident Abu Musa told Sputnik.
"I have always been sure that the Syrian Army would liberate Eastern Ghouta from terrorists. I have returned there so as to help restore our neighborhood. Now I'm repairing this grocery shop where food will be sold in a few days," Musa said.
On April 14, Syrian army command announced that Eastern Ghouta is now free of militants, and that "all the terrorists have left [the Damascus suburb of] Douma, their last stronghold in the area."