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Glimmer of hope for water-deprived Damascus

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>> There's no safe drinking water for four million people in and around Damascus. Fighting putting the Syrian capital's main spring out of action in late December. But from Wednesday the glimmer of the solution, a local governor saying the government and rebels had agreed a plan to get the water supply back up and running.
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That would mean the rebels who control the
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] area letting repair technicians and to pumping facilities. No confirmation yet from the rebel side though local political activists dismissing the reports. Fighting has raged in in recent weeks as so often in Syria's six-year civil war, each side blames the other.
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Rebels say the supply cut is due to the government bombardment. Says the insurgents intentionally polluted the spring with diesel. The UN saying the infrastructure was deliberately targeted without pointing the finger. Either way but it warned the shortages could lead to water borne disease outbreaks. And said damaging civilian water supplies constitutes a war crime.
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When Syrian president Bashar Assad said this week his army would take back control of all Syria, he mentioned. Rebel controlled parts of the Damascus countryside back in the army's sights after it recaptured Aleppo last month.