Wadi Barada: New ceasefire deal reached with Assad regime

Orient Net 2017-01-28 10:32:00

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Representatives of opposition fighters and civilians in Wadi Barada valley in Damascus western countryside reached Saturday a new ceasefire deal with Assad regime.

A new  round of negotiations started between representatives from Wadi Barada and Assad regime on Friday, activist Moaz al-Qalamouni told Orient Net.

The recently-reached deal, which is done with German mediation, includes implementing a ceasefire and stopping the military operations on all Wadi Barada’s villages and towns, al-Qalamouni added.

The deal also stipulates allowing maintenance teams to enter Ein al-Fijeh water spring facility, in addition to displacing opposition fighters who refuse the deal to northern Syria, according to al-Qamamouni.

The rumors that pro-Assad media outlets have been spreading that Hezbollah had controlled Ein al-Fijeh spring are baseless, al-Qalamouni further said, explaining that 20 Assad terrorists, along with a pro-Assad TV reporter, have entered the spring facility to fly Assad regime’s flag and stay in the facility after opposition fighters had withdrawn from it, as a part of the deal on the condition that the Syrian Red Crescent shall enter to evacuate the wounded.

Video footage published by activists showed a number of cars belonging to the Syrian Red Crescent entering Wadi Barada.

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Wadi Barada valley witnessed a relative calm since Friday after bombardment and shelling by Hezbollah and Assad terrorists, which started more than a month ago, had stopped.

In recent days, a previous deal, brokered also by the Germans, was reached between Assad regime and opposition. But, the deal was violated by Hezbollah terrorists who continued their military campaign on the valley.

The Wadi Barada valley, located 18 kilometers northwest of Damascus, has been under heavy bombing and artillery shelling by Hezbollah and Assad terrorists for the past 38 days. The attacks killed many civilians and caused widespread damage to property, including the vital Ein al-Fijeh spring facility which provides over four million people in Damascus and its countryside with water.

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