Syrian Arab army finds toxic chemicals factory in Jobar suburb, thwarts oil smuggle to turkey

PROVINCES,(ST)_A factory for producing and storing toxic chemicals has been discovered in Damascus countryside, as units of the armed forces have eliminated several terrorists ringleaders and an unknown number of bandits in today's operations.

In details, SANA quoted an official source as saying: "A unit of the armed forces found today a factory for producing and storing toxic chemicalsinside a hideout of terrorists in the surroundings of al-Manashir square in Jobar suburb outside the capital."

It added that a quantity of foreign-made chlorine material packed in packages, some of which are made in Saudi Arabia, besides weapons and blank mortar shells were also found in the hideout during a mopping-up operation.

The discovery of the factory in Jobar suburb coincided with killing two ringleaders in the same suburb plus launching successful operations in the eastern Gouta (surrounding farms of al-Qasemeyeh and DEr Salman towns)  and in the northern and southern suburbs of Damascus countryside.

37 terrorists killed outside Damascus

The operations, according to an official source, resulted in eliminating more than 37 terrorists, most were affiliate to al-Nusra Front, in areas of al-Hajar al-aswad, Doma, Darayya, al-Qabon, Adra al-Balad and  eastern Ghouta as well as in mountains adjacent to Halbon town.

Continued operations in Homs 

At the same time, the armed forces targeted an armed terrorist groupings and hideouts in several quarters- alKhaldeyeh, Bab Hod, al-qarabis, Joret al-Shayah, Wadi alSayeh, al-Qosor- in Homs city and in areas of Bet Hajjo, the southern al-Mashjar, al-Rastan, al-Amereyeh, Bet Qaswat, Eyon Hsin, and Kisin outside the city.

An official source confirmed that many terrorists were killed and injured in the said areas.

It cited that the armed forces warded off an armed terrorist groups' attacks on army checkpoints in the southeastern areas of Palmyra city.

Terrorists set fire to 'al-Waseta' fuel station

Last night, the terrorist groups fired several mortar shells on 'al-Waseta' station, west of al-Zara town in Talkalkh countryside (in Homs), causing a huge blaze to one of the station's tanks which was containing 688 cubic meter of heating oil.

"At mid night, fire fighters from Homs and Tartous provinces doused the flames at the station, which is an affiliate to the Syrian Company for Oil Transport (SCOT) in Homs," Director of the company's branch, Suleiman Jwekha said. 

3 bandits nabbed

In further developments  , it was reported that many of al-Nusra Front affiliates were pulverized in different areas in Der Ezzour, Hama, Daraa, and Hassaka.

Moreover, the armed forces nabbed three thugs in a qualitative operation carried out in al-Rmeleh town, east of Hama province, amid reports of crushing a terrorist group which was trying to smuggle a stolen oil tank into Turkey.

The terrorist group was targeted in al-Hseneyeh town in Der Ezzor province.