Heavy bombardment on Syria’s Aleppo leaves it with no water
Intensified attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo have left nearly two million people without water, the UN says.
The UN children’s agency says fierce strikes on Friday prevented repairs to a damaged pumping station supplying rebel-held districts of the city.
In retaliation, Unicef says, a nearby station pumping water to the rest of Aleppo has been switched off.
Fresh strikes were reported in the city on Saturday, as the Syrian army presses on with its push to retake rebel areas.
The latest offensive was launched after a ceasefire collapsed on Monday.
Unicef deputy director Justin Forsyth told the BBC: “Aleppo is slowly dying, and the world is watching, and the water is being cut off and bombed – it’s just the latest act of inhumanity.”
Unicef spokesman Kieran Dwyer said the lack of running water could be “catastrophic” as residents now had to resort to contaminated water and were at risk from waterborne diseases.
He said water was being used as a weapon of war by all sides. The pumping station supplying rebel-held parts of Aleppo was damaged on Thursday and subsequent strikes had made repairs impossible, Mr Dwyer told the BBC.
“That pumping station pumps water to the entire population of the eastern part of city – that’s at least 200,000 people and then in retaliation for that attack a nearby pumping station that pumps water to the entire western part of the city – upwards to 1.5 million people – was deliberately switched off,” he told the BBC.
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