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Syria: government and rebels 'reach Damascus water supply deal'

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Syria: government and rebels 'reach Damascus water supply deal'
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The Syrian government has reportedly reached a deal with rebels in the Wadi Barada valley for technicians to enter a damaged water supply plant, which serves Damascus.

Intense fighting has taken place between government forces and insurgents as President Bashar al-Assad’s troops aim to take control of the area lying north-west of Damascus. Assad, who claims the rebels are part of a jihadist group not covered by the Russia-Turkey-brokered ceasefire, said the army must “prevent terrorists from using water to throttle the capital.”

Some 70 percent of people in and around the city have suffered water shortages since the spring was bombed out of service in late December.