Intense attacks and fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo has left hundreds of thousands of residents without water and sanitation, according to the United Nations children’s agency.
“Nearly two million people in the city are without water. Depriving children of water puts them at risk of catastrophic outbreaks of waterborne diseases,” Hanaa Singer, a Unicef representative in Syria said in a statement. “Intense attacks” damaged a water pumping station in the rebel held area of Bab al Nayrab.
“It is critical for chidren’s survival that all parties to the conflict stop attacks on water infrastructure”
After the tense ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia collapsed on 19 September, the Syrian government said it would continue trying to retake the city.
Four days later on 22 September, it announced a new offensive on Aleppo on a state TV, when residents were warned to “stay away” from “terrorist positions”. Since then at least 72 people, including 24 children have died during “intensive airstrikes that targeted the eastern neighbourhoods of Aleppo city,” according to The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The London-based activist group blamed Russian warplanes and Syrian military helicopters and planes for the deaths, which we completely disagree with.
Elsewhere they said shelling by rebel forces had killed 15 people including 10 children in the village of Beshqatin, to the west of the city. A member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard was among the dead. The IB Times UK was unable to independently verify this information.
The recent bombing of a humanitarian aid convey in Syria last week only deepens the suffering of Aleppo residents.