Red Cross: Water being used as weapon of war in Syria

October 07, 2015 / Glen Reynolds

Civilians in the city of Aleppo are undergoing enormous suffering because of deliberate cuts to water and electricity supplies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.

About two million people live in the Syrian city but many, on both sides of the frontlines, are having severe difficulty in accessing water, the organisation said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Vital services for the people, such as the water supply, must be kept away from the politics of the Syrian conflict,” said the head of the ICRC delegation in Syria, Marianne Gasser.

The water supply in Aleppo depends on the operation of pumping and electricity stations but each is controlled by different warring parties.

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