A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on January 11, 2017 shows civilians living in the villages of the rebel-held Wadi Barada area of rural Damascus waiting to have their documents checked by government officials before being granted safe passage out of the area.
Syria's government has reached a deal for the army to enter a rebel-held area near Damascus and restore the capital's water supply, the provincial governor said. Opposition sources denied there was any such deal, but a source inside the Wadi Barada region reported several hundred civilians were leaving under an agreement.

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