BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels disrupted the gas flow to millions of civilians in Damascus on Thursday in protest of the Syrian government’s demand that they surrender the Wadi Barada area.
Based on footage posted by rebel activists, the militants closed the gas pipelines that flow through the eastern Qalamoun town of Jayroud in rural Damascus.
The Syrian government recently demanded that the jihadist rebels surrender the Wadi Barada area in western Damascus after they poisoned the water supply to millions of people in the Syrian capital.
Without much military leverage, the jihadist rebels have turned to punishing the people living in government-held areas as a form of retribution against the government for their military success in the East Ghouta and Aleppo.
Civilians in Damascus are currently without fuel and water, making the humanitarian situation dire in this historical city that is now home to an estimated 5 million people.