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Syria’s Army Enters Key Water Pumping Station Near Damascus

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 Rebels have withdrawn from the water plant but remain in the wider area.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.