Syrian Army Says It Advances Towards Ein Al-Khadra In Wadi Barada

Syrian Army Says It Advances Towards Ein Al-Khadra In Wadi Barada

 The Syrian army said it advanced towards Ein al-Khadra, in Wadi Barada, on Saturday (January 14) after it recaptured the village of Bassimeh on Friday.

The army released a video showing heavy bombardment and soldiers moving through the village.

The army, with its allies, recaptured the village of Bassimeh in the valley that has become the most intense battlefront in the Syrian civil war, with disruption to water supplies causing severe shortages in Damascus since the beginning of the year.

The area has become the main focus of fighting between the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia, Iran and Shia militias, and the rebels seeking to oust him, since the government retook full control of the city of Aleppo last month.

It comes despite a two-week-old ceasefire agreement, brokered by Russia and Turkey, which is one of the main supporters of many rebel groups.

Since the truce, nearly 180 civilians have died in clashes and bombardment, the British-based Observatory said.