MILITANTS who sabotaged water supplies to Syria’s capital reportedly struck a tentative deal yesterday to allow repair teams in.
Negotiator Ali Mohamed Yousef told the official Sana news agency that 500 people from the Barada valley had accepted an open government amnesty offer, including 60 militants and army deserters.
He said that number was likely to increase as locals want al-Qaida affiliated Levant Conquest Front extremists out of the area, which lies north-west of Damascus.
Mr Yousef said the deal could also allow workers in to repair the Ayn al-Fijah waterworks blown up by the terrorists before New Year, cutting water to 5.5 million people in and around the capital.
An army offensive last week left the insurgents hemmed in, with troops commanding heights on both sides of the valley.
In the north of the country Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia surrounded several Isis-held villages north-west of the extremists’ stronghold Raqqa as the two pincers of their offensive united.