Turkey, allied militants using water as weapon against civilians in Syria's Hasakah: Foreign Ministry
Iran Press TV
Thursday, 26 March 2020 9:19 PM
The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has strongly condemned Turkey and its allied Takfiri militants for cutting off water supply to local residents in the country's northeastern city of Hasakah and surrounding residential neighborhoods over the past two days.
"Turkish occupation forces and affiliated terrorists cut off drinking water from Allouk water station and feeding wells deliberately and systematically, depriving more than 600,000 Syrian citizens, mostly women and children, from drinking water," the ministry said in identical letters sent to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the rotating President of the UN Security Council Zhang Jun on Thursday.
The Syrian ministry noted that Turkish military forces shelled the water station during their cross-border military operation last October, putting it out of service.
Syrian officials, accordingly, presented a briefing to the UN Security Council on February 27, informing the international body of a water outage in Hasakah.
"But unfortunately the Security Council, its General Secretariat or relevant international organizations failed to condemn the Turkish forces' bombing of such a critical civilian facility and their use of water as a weapon against civilians," the letters pointed out.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry finally called on the Security Council to condemn the crimes being perpetrated by Turkish soldiers, and obligate Ankara to stop its violation of the international law and humanitarian principles, besides its support for terrorist groups wreaking havoc inside Syria.
Director General of Hasakah Water Company, Mahmoud al-Ukla, told Syria's official news agency SANA in a statement on Wednesday that company's workers had resumed the operation of Allouk water station after Turkish troops and their militant proxies had cut water supply to the city and its countryside earlier in the day.
Allouk water station is located near the border town of Ra's al-Ayn, which Turkish troops and their allied militants seized in October 2019 during the so-called Peace Spring Operation.
On Monday, a United Nations official said interruption to the key water station in Syria's northeast puts thousands of lives at risk as efforts ramp up to prevent the outbreak of the novel coronavirus there.
UNICEF Representative in Syria Fran Equiza said the interruption "during the current efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease puts children and families at unacceptable risk."
He underlined that the station is the main source of water for around 460,000 people in Hasakah city, the town of Tal Tamer as well as al-Hol and Areesha camps.
The Syrian government has applied a series of measures, as cases of COVID-19 infection have been found in the war-ravaged Arab country.
The measures include suspending schools, universities, as well as some ministries and closing marketplaces and restaurants.
The government also stopped public transportations nationwide.
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