On July 18, Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in the southern city of Daraa handed over a new batch of heavy weapons to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) as a part of the reconciliation agreement, which was reached last week, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
The SANA’s reporter in Daraa said that the new batch of weapons included three up-armored T-55 battle tanks, two BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), four locally-made “Hell canons,” several heavy machine guns and loads of ammunition.
The FSA groups in Daraa began handing over their weapons on July 14. Since then, several armored vehicles, some of which were supplied by the US-led Military Operation Center (MOC), have been recovered by the SAA.
Under the agreement, all the militants who oppose the reconciliation with the Damascus government will be allowed to withdraw towards the northern governorate of Idlib. According to opposition activists, only dozens have opted to withdraw so far.
In the upcoming days, the FSA in Daraa will hand over more weapons including US-supplied anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) to the SAA. A new batch of militants may also to leave the city.
Photos of the weapons, which were recovered by the SAA: