In pictures: Damascus water crisis

The regime of President Bashar al-Assad is trying to seize control of the region which supplies the main drinking water for four million inhabitants of the capital and surrounding areas.
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Syrians fill plastic containers with water at a public fountain in the capital Damascus on January 3, 2017. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad is trying to seize control of the region which supplies the main drinking water for four million inhabitants of the capital and surrounding areas. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
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Syrians fill plastic containers with water at a public fountain in the capital Damascus on January 3, 2017. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad is trying to seize control of the region which supplies the main drinking water for four million inhabitants of the capital and surrounding areas. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view shows people walking near the Barada river in the Syrian capital Damascus on January 3, 2017. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad is trying to seize control of the region which supplies the main drinking water for four million inhabitants of the capital and surrounding areas. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
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Syrians fill plastic containers with water at a public fountain in the capital Damascus on January 3, 2017. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad is trying to seize control of the region which supplies the main drinking water for four million inhabitants of the capital and surrounding areas. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
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Syrians fill plastic containers with water at a public fountain in the capital Damascus on January 3, 2017. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad is trying to seize control of the region which supplies the main drinking water for four million inhabitants of the capital and surrounding areas. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
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Syrians walk past a water fountain that is running dry in the capital Damascus on January 3, 2017. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad is trying to seize control of the region which supplies the main drinking water for four million inhabitants of the capital and surrounding areas. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
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Syrians walk past a poster calling for Syrians to save water in the capital Damascus on January 3, 2017. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad is trying to seize control of the region which supplies the main drinking water for four million inhabitants of the capital and surrounding areas. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view shows people sitting on a bridge over the Barada river in the Syrian capital Damascus on January 3, 2017. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad is trying to seize control of the region which supplies the main drinking water for four million inhabitants of the capital and surrounding areas. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view shows artisan workshops in a historic Ottoman building with a fountain in the courtyard filled with dirty water in the capital Damascus on January 3, 2017. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad is trying to seize control of the region which supplies the main drinking water for four million inhabitants of the capital and surrounding areas. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view shows people sitting on a bridge over the Barada river in the Syrian capital Damascus on January 3, 2017. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad is trying to seize control of the region which supplies the main drinking water for four million inhabitants of the capital and surrounding areas. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)