Turkey’s proxies occupying northeast Syria cut off water to the city of al-Hasakah and its vicinity, threatening the lives of 400,000 civilians living there.
The incident took place on March 25 as the entire region was witnessing a complete lock down due to fear of COVID-19 widespread. Civilians in al-Hasakah struggled to secure enough drinking water, putting their lives at risk.
Syrian government forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) control the pumping station supplying al-Hasakah. However, the water source, Allowk wells, are under the control of the so-called Syrian National Army (SNA). The group is Turkey’s main proxy in Syria.
Damascus held Turkey responsible for this act, accusing Ankara’s proxies of using water as a weapon against civilians in the northeastern region.
SNA militants returned water supplies on March 27 morning. Government engineers are now working to pump water to al-Hasakah and its vicinity.
According to credible reports, Turkey cut water off al-Hasakah in order to force the SDF to supply the occupied areas of Ras al-Ayn and Tell Abyad with electricity. The same scenario happened last year.
The SNA couldn’t have taken the decision to cut water off al-Hasakah without the knowledge or even the approval of its Turkish-backers. This inhuman act placed the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians on the line.
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