The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has uncovered a long tunnel deep under the district of Darayya southwest of the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on January 23.
“We uncovered a multi-level tunnel under an old house in Darayya, the first level is 150 meters long, the second level is 600 meters towards the area of Nahr Eshe and the international highway, it is 30 meters deep underground,” a military source told SANA.
The SAA found 14 mines and 20 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) inside the tunnel, which was used by terrorist groups to hide and move freely during the early years of the war.
Darayya battle ended in October of 2016 when the SAA managed to capture key areas inside the district forcing the remaining militants to accept a surrender agreement that allowed them to withdraw to the opposition-held part of norther Syria.
The army believe that foreign experts helped the local militias dig their tunnel network around Damascus. According to pro-government activists, these experts were from the Palestinian Hamas Movement that has tremendous experience in this field.