Damascus faces third day without water following alleged contamination on December 25, 2016

Rebel groups reportedly dumped diesel into the source of the city's water supply, prompting authorities to shut down pipelines. Government forces are laying siege to the source of the water.

Residents of the Syrian city of Damascus faced their third consecutive day without water on Sunday after the city's supply was allegedly poisoned.

Authorities cut off the capital city's pipeline following reports that rebel groups had contaminated water supplies with diesel.

The al-Fija spring, which supplies fresh water to Damascus, lies next to the rebel-controlled town of Ein al-Fijeh, in the mountainous Wadi Barada area.

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