Syrian army claims to find Israeli-made weapons in IS hideouts

Weapons found in north-western Syria included Israeli artillery pieces.

October 17, 2017 16:21
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Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces inspect weapons and munitions recovered at the former positions

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces inspect weapons and munitions recovered at the former positions of the Islamic State militants inside a building at the frontline in Raqqa, Syria October 7, 2017. Picture taken October 7, 2017.. (photo credit: REUTERS/ERIK DE CASTRO)

Israeli-made weapons were allegedly discovered in Islamic State hideouts in northwestern Syria by regime troops on Monday.

According to Syria’s state-run SANA news, troops found a variety of arms, ammunition and telecommunication devices, including “an Israeli-made artillery piece, 800 mortar shells, a machine gun with 10,000 bullets, in addition, an amount of bullets of 17 mm., 14,5 mm. and 30 mm. machine-guns and an RPG [rocket-propelled grenade], three RPG launchers and a number of telecommunication devices.”

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It would not mark the first time that Syrian media reported on regime troops finding weapons with Hebrew markings on them.
New conflicts threaten Syria after Islamic State defeat (credit: REUTERS)

Last June, Syrian media reported that regime troops in al-Waer neighborhood in Homs captured dozens of antitank missiles along with tons of ammunition and explosives, some with inscriptions in Hebrew.

In April 2016 Syrian media reported that troops in the southeastern governorate of Al-Suwayda seized Israeli-made weapons that were supposedly destined for Islamic State. According to the reports, a vehicle coming from Daraa was confiscated carrying Israeli-made mines with Hebrew writing on them, as well as mortars, RPGs and hand grenades.

It was not immediately clear how the Israeli weapons got there.

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