Monday 23 January 2017

Nearly two million people without water in Aleppo

Published 24/09/2016 | 11:23

People stand near damaged aid supplies after an airstrike on Tuesday on the rebel held Urem al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city
People stand near damaged aid supplies after an airstrike on Tuesday on the rebel held Urem al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city

Nearly two million people in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are without running water as security conditions deteriorate, the UN has said.

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Hanaa Singer, Unicef's representative in Syria, said intense attacks after midnight on Thursday have damaged the Bab al-Nairab station which supplies water to some 250,000 people in rebel-held eastern parts of the contested city.

Ms Singer said that in retaliation, the Suleiman al-Halabi pumping station, also located in the rebel-held east, was switched off, cutting water to 1.5 million people in government-held western parts of the city.

She warned: "Depriving children of water puts them at risk of catastrophic outbreaks of water-borne diseases."

Fighting in Aleppo has intensified recently after a one-week US-Russia-brokered ceasefire collapsed.Nearly two million people in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are without running water as security conditions deteriorate, the UN has said.

Hanaa Singer, Unicef's representative in Syria, said intense attacks after midnight on Thursday have damaged the Bab al-Nairab station which supplies water to some 250,000 people in rebel-held eastern parts of the contested city.

Ms Singer said that in retaliation, the Suleiman al-Halabi pumping station, also located in the rebel-held east, was switched off, cutting water to 1.5 million people in government-held western parts of the city.

She warned: "Depriving children of water puts them at risk of catastrophic outbreaks of water-borne diseases."

Fighting in Aleppo has intensified recently after a one-week US-Russia-brokered ceasefire collapsed.

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