northwest of DamascusAugust 17, 2015http://syriadirect.org/news/syria-direct-news-update-8-17-15/Rebel factions withdrew from a spring on Sunday that is the main source of water for Damascus, handing over control and administration of the spring to civilian specialists from the rebel-held area, reported the pro-opposition Syrian Press Center. Located 15km northwest of Damascus amidst other villages in Wadi Barada, the Ein al-Fijeh spring provides drinking water both to the capital, including the wealthy districts of Mezzeh and Maliki that count top regime officials and supporters among its population. The Mujahidi Council of Wadi Barada announced they were cutting off the capital’s water supply from Ein al-Fijeh Friday, in a YouTube video posted by the Media Agency in Wadi Barada, originally stating that the water would remain cut off until the regime’s “criminal and tyrannical” campaigns against rebels in Zabadani ceased and every last pro-regime partisan left the city and its surroundings. Regime forces immediately responded to the water cutoff Saturday with heavy airstrikes in Wadi Barada that killed 15 civilians, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Sunday. The subsequent rebel withdrawal from the area on Sunday comes follows a ceasefire agreement between rebels in Wadi Barada and regime forces on Saturday in which regime forces agreed to temporarily halt their heavy bombardment of the region in exchange for resuming the pumping of water to Damascus, reported pro-opposition Syria News Saturday.