The Russian Sputnik News Agency reported on February 18 that the Syrian government army, with the support of the Russian Air Force drones, found a large cave where militants of the Islamic State terrorist organization hid weapons.
In the process of the operation, the Syrian government army killed a group of militants guarding the cave.
A spokesman for the Russian army said: “The Syrian government army, with the support of the Russian Air Force drones, carried out reconnaissance and search operations in the eastern desert area of Homs Province.
They found large caves where ISIS militants hid weapons in Homs and Deir ez-Zor provinces for terrorist activities, killing four people in the course of the operation.
Armed elements, armed men drove two pickup trucks equipped with large-caliber machine guns to carry out guarding tasks in the cave area.
According to the report, Syrian government forces found 36 automatic rifles and light machine guns, 7 large-caliber machine guns, 28 fixed grenade launchers, 1 anti-tank guided rocket launcher, 87 mines and grenades, about 40 kilograms of explosives and more than 22,000 rounds, including NATO-made Products made.
In addition, 45 kilograms of medicine and 350 kilograms of food have been found.
A Russian spokesman revealed that the activities of militants in the area have increased sharply since the beginning of this year. The Russian and Syrian military often finds weapons depots and warehouses of militants in Syrian provinces.
In areas where terrorists have controlled for a long time, there are more such warehouses. Local residents who know the location of the cave warehouses will provide assistance, and some are accidental discoveries.
For example, in December 2020, Syrian government forces in Dar`a Province discovered 10 secret locations for weapons and ammunition at the same time; in Idlib province, they found the underground command of militants, which contained explosives.