Syria forces uncover tunnels, underground hospitals used by militants in Eastern Ghouta


Syrian military forces have discovered a network of long tunnels as well as underground makeshift field hospitals once used by foreign-sponsored militants, who controlled Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

Army soldiers and pro-government fighters from popular defense groups found the secret tunnels and hospitals during wide-scale clear-up operations in the towns of Hazza and Ein Tarma, located three kilometers east of Old Damascus, on Monday, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.

A Syrian military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said terrorists used the tunnels to carry munitions and transfer reinforcements between Hazza and the towns of Saqba, located 7 kilometers east of central Damascus, Arbin. Harasta and Zamalka.

Syrian army troopers and their allies also found large stocks of medical supplies, makeshift operating tables and surgical gowns.

Another Syrian military official said the medical equipment had been stolen from government-run hopistals and clincs, adding that terrorists used the medicine to treat their injured fellows.

Syrian army’s engineering units later placed explosives inside the tunnels and underground hospitals, and destroyed them.

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