Two million Aleppo residents cut off from water supply systems, - UNICEF
12:15, 24 September 2016

Two million Aleppo residents cut off from water supply systems, - UNICEF

Dozens of air strikes landed on the city on Friday damaged at least one water pump station

12:15, 24 September 2016


UNICEF is concerned about possible outbreak of dangerous infectious diseases in Syria’s Aleppo, as more than two million of its residents are cut off from fresh water supplies. This is due to the intense military actions that are underway in the city.

According to BBC’s Russian service, at least one water pump station is damaged by air strikes that were deployed on the city on Friday. Another water pump station is shut down; it supplied the water to eastern districts of the city which is now held by the anti-government rebels.

UNICEF worries about people who could start using polluted water from wells and other insecure sources.   

Over the past 24 hours, the rebel-held districts of Aleppo went under more airstrikes, which started several hours after the Syrian government forces declared an offensive. The airstrikes were conducted by Syrian and Russian aircraft.

Previously, the White House said Russia should carry the responsibility for the escalation of the conflict in Syria. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the conflicting sides to suspend the military actions in Aleppo.

Source: BBC Russian service

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