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SEPTEMBER 2020

Syrian Army Restarts Offensive In Wadi Barada As ‘Rebels’ Block Govt Engineers From Restoring Water Supplies To Damascus

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Syrian Army Restarts Offensive In Wadi Barada As 'Rebels' Block Govt Engineers From Restoring Water Supplies To Damascus

On Sunday, the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces resumed an offensive operation in Wadi Barada, located northwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus. The main reason was that militants blocked entry of government engineers to fix the water supply line to Damascus.  On Monday, government forces were in control of Dahr al-Masaby, several hills northwest of Deir Meqren and continued to develop the advance.

The military pressure by government forces will likely push local militant groups to fulfill the terms of the recently concluded agreement within this week.

On Saturday, the Syrian government and militant groups operating in the Wadi Barada area reached a reconciliation agreement, according to which militant groups were set to allow the restoration of the water supplies to Damascus, to hand over light, medium and heavy weapons to the Syrian army, and to surrender itself to government forces or to withdraw from Wadi Barada.

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