Opposition factions in Ain Al-Fijah have cut off, on Friday, water supply completely to the Syrian capital, Damascus, in order to force the government to implement the truce held earlier between the two warring parties.

The ‘move’ sparked a public backlash from locals who are just in their second day of fasting in the Holy month of Ramadan with a temperature nearly hits 36 degree.

The terms include a full cease of bombing, unconditional release of detainees, grant access to aid convoys and dismantle all barricades and checkpoints.

Fierce clashes with light and medium weapons have reportedly erupted between the two sides.

Ain Al-Fihah is a small town located 25 km to the southwest of Damascus and is administratively part of Rif Dimashq Governorate. The town contains the Ain Al-Fijah springs that supply Damascus with drinking water.

For the anti-government rebel groups, this is not the first time they use ‘water’ as a means to have some of their demands answered. Back in November 2014, Damascus also suffered water shortage for days before water is restored.

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In May of the same year, Islamist fighters in Aleppo cut off water to the government-held districts for almost a week, creating a humanitarian crisis and risking the lives of thousands in Syria’s second largest city.

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Vittorio Baldi
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I hope that the Government does not accept the blackmail of the ‘ rebels ‘ and put in the water as soon as possible. It is inconceivable that after 4 years of war Damascus is not yet completely free.

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