Syria’s state television reported that Syria’s army entered the water pumping station outside Damascus for the first time in four years after reaching a deal with rebel factions. Around 5.5 million people in Damascus and its suburbs have been without water since fighting intensified in the area in late December. Earlier this month, a similar deal to allow workers in to repair the pipes failed after a mediator was killed. Rebels have withdrawn from the water plant but remain in the wider area. The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused rebel groups of destroying the pumping station, while rebels say it was damaged by airstrikes from Assad or his Russian allies.
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