The situation is rapidly changing in the Wadi Barada area northwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
Fresh reports appeared that at least 2 villages in Wadi Barada had decided to accept a ceasefire agreement with the Syrian government.
According to the agreement, militants will allow government engineers to enter the area and to fix the water supply line to Damascus. In turn, militants who are not from Wadi Barada will get a free passage to Idlib.
This will be the second attempt to impose, at least partly, a ceasefire regime in the region. The previous one was sabotaged by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda).
Earlier this week, Syrian army troops, backed up by warplanes and artillery units, entered the villages of Ayn Al Fijah and Baseema, engaing local militants in intense fighting. These gains reportedly lead to the militants’ decision to accept the ceasefire agreement.