On May 6, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the northern Homs countryside pocket handed over at least two Chinese-made FN-6 man portable air defense systems (MANPADs) to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) under the reconciliation agreement, which was reached on May 2. According to local observers, this type of the MANPADs was supplied to the FSA in 2014 by Qatar that had acquired them from Sudan.
FSA fighters also handed over two Soviet-made Konkurs and Metis anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launchers and an RPG-29 anti-tank rocket launcher. These weapons were likely captured from the SAA as early as 2012.
Dozens of mortar cannons, heavy machine guns, units of military equipment and a sizable amount of ammunition were also handed over to the SAA.
Over the last four days, the SAA recovered four T-55 battle tanks, three BMP-1 armored vehicles and two Shilka self-propelled, radar guided anti-aircraft weapon system (SPAAG).
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the FSA will hand over even more weapons to the SAA in the upcoming days as a part of the reconciliation agreement. The withdrawal of the radical militants from northern Homs is expected to begin on May 7, while the date of the reopening of the Hama-Aleppo highway is yet to be announced.