The Al-Badia Cement factory at the eastern edge of the embattled Ghouta suburbs has turned into a major regime arsenal, local activists and rebels said.
The civil utility in the industrial zone of Al-Dumayr town, 60 km east of Damascus, has become a base for Russian and Iranian military experts, along with hundreds of Elite Tiger Force fighters.
Said Seif, spokesman for Ahmed al-Abdo Battalions, said the cement plant is now a favored base of the regime to avoid any Israeli or even American airstrikes, taking advantage of its infrastructure to hide weapons, chemicals and manpower.
Al-Badia Cement is a strategic location to provide logistic supply to regime forces in their deadliest offensive on the Eastern Ghouta. Being close to Al-Dumayr military airport and the 16th Division ballistic missile base is another advantage, Seif said.
As the death toll of President Bashar al-Assad’s onslaught reaches a total of 800, rebel factions now face a similar scenario to the Aleppo offensive, such as heavy bombardment, media incitement and using civilians as weapons.
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