On April 21, the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the Eastern Qalamun region handed over dozens of anti-tank guided misses (ATGMs) to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) under the evacuation deal that was reached on April 19.
Most of the ATGMs that handed over to the SAA were supplied to the FSA in Eastern Qalamun by the US in 2013 and 2014. These are missiles like the US-made TOW and the Chinese-made HJ-8. Along with the missiles, the US-backed fighters handed over at least three TOW launchers.
The SAA also recovered more heavy weapons from the US-backed FSA groups in Eastern Qalamun, including several BMP-1 armored vehicles, Shilka vehicles, T-72 tanks and a single BREM-2 armored maintenance-recovery vehicle. FSA fighters handed over 37 tanks and more than 15 Syrian-made Maysalun unguided artillery rocket to the SAA on April 20.
Photos released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) also showed that the SAA had recovered dozens of mortars, rocket launchers, heavy machineguns and recoilless rifles along with loads of ammunition.
Earlier, FSA fighters began their withdrawal towards northern Syria after handing over the last batches of their weapons, according to Syrian pro-government sources. The evacuation process is expected to end within a day or two.
Photos of the weapons handed over to the SAA: