On July 30, Syrian security forces seized another arms shipment that was heading to the Greater Idlib region controlled by terrorist groups.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, the arms shipment was on its way from Homs to the northern countryside of Idlib. Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) is known to control the northern Idlib.
The shipment included dozens of assault rifles, mortar shells, heavy machine guns as well as loads of ammunition of different calibers.
This was the third arms shipment to be intercepted by Syrian security forces on Homs-Idlib route this month. The first arms shipment was seized on July 5. On July 22, the second shipment was seized.
The source of these weapons was not revealed by security forces. However, it could be situated in the southern region. Rebels there received loads of weapons from the U.S. and its regional allies in the early years of the war. Not all the weapons were handed over under the 2018 reconciliation deal.
Syria is now a hub for arms trafficking in the Middle East. Designated terrorist groups like HTS and ISIS are benefiting from this lucrative market.