19:57 GMT21 June 2021
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    Authorities made the find in villages and towns in the Damascus countryside and Quneitra region in Syria's Golan Heights, areas recently freed from a motley collection of militants and terrorist groups

    The weapons, ammunition and medical equipment, most of them said to be US and British-made, were found in local villages thanks to cooperation between authorities and local national reconciliation committees in Jibat al-Khashab, Quneitra province and Beit Jin, Rif Dimashq province, the Syrian Arab News Agency has reported.

    Photos and a video of the equipment show stocks including US-made sniper rifles, TOW rockets, US-made anti-armor shells, as well as machine guns, anti-aircraft installations, crates of bullets for heavy machineguns, mortar shells, telecommunications equipment, and a wide variety of imported medical and lab equipment, from electrocardiography machines to tools for a dental clinic.

    The Syrian military completed the liberation of East Ghouta in Rif Dimashq province this spring, and regained control over the provinces of Quneitra, Daraa and Suwayda in the summer, thanks in part to diplomatic efforts by the Russian Reconciliation Center to persuade militants to put down their arms and either relocate to the terrorist-held province of Idlib or join the fight against Daesh* and other terrorist groups.

    As they continued their advance, Syrian troops have been finding vast stocks of weapons made in the US, France, the UK and Israel.

    *A terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries.


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