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Jaish Al Islam hands over M-600, TOW missiles to regime

Special Reports | 2018-04-22 11:21:00
Jaish Al Islam hands over M-600, TOW missiles to regime
 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Amid a series of handovers to regime army around the capital, starting by eastern Ghouta and ending by Qalamoun region, the Syrian activists have raised a big question mark: Why Jaish al-Islam did not destroy its arsenal instead of giving up its M-600 rockets, TOW missiles and not-ever-touched ammunition to the regime.

The regime-run media surfaced footage of Jaish al-Islam’s weapons, missiles, armors and tanks. The state TV reporter said the weapons are another victory since it’s in high readiness and in full shape.

Accusations of collusion between Jaish al-Islam and the Assad forces have revived again.

About 400,000 people were suffering severe siege in eastern Ghouta while Jaish al-Islam depots werefull of main staples. 

Activists said why Jaish al-Islam had not destroyed its arsenal before leaving the Qalamoun region to northern Syria, including 14 M-600 rockets and the US-made Tow anti-craft missiles, which were stored in Betra Mountain near the desert town of Dumayr.

The Syria regime delivered the same advanced M600 rockets to Hezbollah in 2009, according to Haaretz, the Israeli daily.

The handovers by rebels to the regime followed a punishing regime offensive against the Eastern Ghouta region lasted for two months.

More than 1,700 civilians were killed in the offensive, which culminated in allegations of a chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma, with reports that more than 78 people were killed.

Rebels surrendered towns across Eastern Ghouta as the offensive drove on, giving up control of an area once home to an estimated 400,000 people in a matter of weeks.
The next-door towns of Qalamoun also gave up their bastions to regime, seeking to avoid civilians a new blood bath. 

The Syrian regime has been following a proven strategy of besieging opposition areas until residents and fighters, desperate for food, medical treatment and relief, give up and accept regime control.

The bruising offensives have displaced hundreds of thousands of residents, and tens of thousands more choose to leave to north Syria than to submit again to the regime and be conscripted by the military.

 More information about Jaish al-Islam's missiles to be published soon.

Zaman Al Wasl
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