Russian military engineers blew up a militant cave in Idlib province | December 10th 2020 | Syria
Russian military engineers detonated about 1.5 tons of explosives to destroy the cave, which housed the command post of the militants of the "Jaysh al-Izza" faction, the close ally of the "Jabhat al-Nusra"
The militants' command post was located near the city of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province. They occupied this territory from the very beginning of the war and began to actively build underground fortifications after the start of the Russian operation in Syria.
Deep stone vaults were the only thing that could save them from the airstrikes
Long corridors diverge into separate rooms; the total area of the cave is not less than 1,000 square meters. To build it, they used technology, and all the dirty and hard work, as is customary among the radicals, was performed with the help of slave labor.
The militants hoped to hide in this cave for years, ammunition and food depots, a command center, and sleeping places for personnel were located here.
They were forced to leave the underground citadel by the rapid offensive of the Syrian army with the support of the Russian Air Force in the summer of 2019, but during the retreat the radicals managed to mine their command post, leaving very clever traps.
One of the Syrian soldiers was killed by activating a mine by pressing a switch in the wall. It took more than one month of hazardous labor to completely clean this cave alone.
The destruction of such caves will prevent radicals from using underground shelters for guerrilla warfare.