Hezbollah destroyed on January 24 a series of tunnels in the Eastern Qalamun region on the Syrian-Lebanese border, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The London-based monitoring group said in a report that the tunnels were originally dug by militants, who likely used them to hide from government forces and move between Syria and Lebanon.
The tunnels destroyed by Hezbollah’s engineer units were located in the areas of Wadi al-Khail, al-Ayuini, al-Ma’ara and Tell Musa.
In 2014, the Syrian part of the Eastern Qalamun region was cleared in a joint operation by the SAA and Hezbollah. The region was originally occupied by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front [now rebranded as Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)].
Despite strict security measures in Eastern Qalamun, a militant cell managed to kill several Syrian service members near the town of Rankos in the southern part of the region last month. The SAA responded to the attack by launching a large security operation on January 15, allegedly killing or capturing all militants involved in the attack.
Destroying the militants’ old tunnels will most likely improve the security situation in Eastern Qalamun and along the Syrian-Lebanese border in general.