Army to enter area near Damascus, water to resume- governor

January 11, 2017 | By | Reply More

The Syrian government has reached a deal for the army to enter a rebel-held region near Damascus and restore the capital’s water supply, the provincial governor said Wednesday.

damascusOpposition sources denied there was any such deal, but a source inside the Wadi Barada region reported several hundred civilians were leaving under an agreement.

Provincial governor Alaa Ibrahim told state news agency SANA there was now a deal to allow the government to retake control of the region.

“(Then) the Syrian Arab Army will enter the area to clear it of mines and bombs to prepare for the entry of maintenance teams… to fix the damage caused to the water pumps and pipes by the terrorists’ attacks.”

“This information is untrue and is a part of the (regime and its allies’) psychological warfare,” he told.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the war, also said the government had not reached a comprehensive deal with rebels.

And a source on the ground in Wadi Barada said Wednesday that some 600 civilians had left, passing through a makeshift tent where government officials were checking documents.

Syria’s government accuses rebels, including former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front, of deliberately cutting the supply to the capital.

But the rebels say regime strikes damaged pumping facilities and deny that Fateh al-Sham, previously known as Al-Nusra Front, has forces in the area.

The government has concluded dozens of so-called “reconciliation deals” with rebel-held areas in Syria in recent months, particularly around the capital.

The deals usually offer civilians and rebels safe passage to opposition-held territory elsewhere in exchange for surrendering the area to the army.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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