Lebanon’s Hezbollah has recently established workshops in Syria to manufacture artillery, rockets, and landmines and repair drones and various kinds of weapons, said sources in the southeastern countryside of Homs.
Sources said the workshops were established under the supervision of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) experts in a fortified depot of armories and ammunition in Maheen “strategic” area in the southeastern countryside of Homs, which is the second-largest arms warehouse in Syria.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) sources, many Maheen citizens are now working for local Iranian-backed militias, following the regime and yjr militias’ control of the area in early 2017, supported by Russian aerial bombardment.
Earlier this week, reliable sources informed the war monitor that Russian forces had withdrawn completely from Palmyra military airport in the eastern countryside of Homs.
“All Russian troops left the airport by a military hovercraft before Russian troops pulled their helicopters out of the airport,” the sources said.
However, the nature of this withdrawal remained unidentified. It is not clear whether it is a tactical withdrawal and forces will return anytime, or whether it is a complete withdrawal for specific purposes.
SOHR sources said the Russian helicopters and forces that left Palmyra airport headed to Tifor airport in the countryside of Homs.
Therefore, Hezbollah and Iran-backed Afghan “Fatemiyoun” militia now control the Palmyra military airport, where some regime soldiers and officers are also present.