UN warns of disaster in Aleppo if water cuts continue any longer

Fighters from the former Al-Nusra Front -- renamed Fateh al-Sham Front after breaking from Al-Qaeda -- drive a tank as they seized key positions south of Aleppo on August 6, 2016 in a major offensive to break the government siege of the city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.  Fateh al-Sham Front announced having captured two military academies and a third military position.  / AFP / Omar haj kadour        (Photo credit should read OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Fighters from the former Al-Nusra Front — renamed Fateh al-Sham Front after breaking from Al-Qaeda — drive a tank as they seized key positions south of Aleppo on August 6, 2016 in a major offensive to break the government siege of the city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Fateh al-Sham Front announced having captured two military academies and a third military position.
/ AFP / Omar haj kadour

Children in the Syrian city of Aleppo are at “grave risk” of disease unless water supplies are immediately repaired, the UN children’s agency says.

The United Nations says an immediate pause in fighting is needed to allow the water and electricity networks to be fixed.

Some two million people are without vital supplies, the UN says.

Fighting between government forces and rebels has intensified in recent weeks.

At least 250,000 people are believed to have been trapped in rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo since a key route into the area was closed by government forces in early July.

On Sunday, rebels cut off the government’s key access route into western Aleppo.

They have since come under intense air bombardment from pro-government forces.

Unicef said the whole city had been without running water for four days. “Children and families in Aleppo are facing a catastrophic situation,” said Hanaa Singer, Unicef’s representative in Syria.

“These cuts are coming amid a heatwave, putting children at a grave risk of waterborne diseases. Getting clean water running again cannot wait for the fighting to stop. Children’s lives are in serious danger.”

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