World Bulletin / News Desk
A major water crisis in Syria's capital worsened as regime and rebel forces clashed near its main reservoir Thursday despite a fragile truce that entered its seventh day.
The regime and rebels have traded accusations over responsibility.
Government forces backed by Lebanon's Hezbollah group are fighting to recapture the area northwest of Damascus even as a nationwide ceasefire has brought quiet to other parts of Syria in preparation for renewed peace talks.
The truce, brokered by regime backer Russia and rebel sponsor Turkey, was meant to pave the way for peace negotiations later this month in the Kazakh capital Astana.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime forces late Wednesday launched "dozens of air strikes on parts of Wadi Barada along with artillery and rocket fire, killing a firefighter."
The Observatory, a Britain-based monitor of Syria's conflict, said pro-regime forces and rebels were locked in ongoing clashes there Thursday.
Retaking the area became an urgent priority for the regime as the cut caused severe water shortages in the capital.
Damascus residents said they have been forced to buy bottled water at twice its normal price as their supplies have run low.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ocak 2017, 16:47