Mohammed Kanjo, head of the local administration office in Aleppo Provincial Council, said today that the systematic destruction of the city by the Assad regime, with the support of Russia and Iran, has had disastrous effects on living conditions in rebel-held parts of the province. The aerial bombardment has left the city in extremely dire situation, especially in terms of the delivery of services and public facilities.
“Bombing by the regime forces mainly targets hospitals, schools, bakeries, and also largely destroys roads, water and electricity networks,” he added.
Kanjo also said that “Aleppo Provincial Council had developed electricity, water, sanitation and roads projects and submitted them to donors to secure funding. The council secured funding for a water project in the town of Huweir al-Eis in southern rural Aleppo. The project aims to supply nine communities with a population of 35,000 people with clean water. The council also secured funding for sewage projects for the towns of Jizraya and Zammar in rural Aleppo. However, the sewage projects were suspended due to the intense Russian airstrikes on the area.”
“The council also launched a project to supply 23 villages in the Mount Samaan area with clean water with a total cost of 5.3 million euros. For this purpose, we began digging a water well in the town of Ayn Jarah and built three water tanks in the town of Daret Izza,” Kanjo added.
As for electricity projects, Kanjo said: “The council distributed 22 electrical power transformers to local councils in rural Aleppo. We have also repaired several roads by covering them with a layer of gravel, and now we are studying the possibility of a project to pave the Kastillo road in cooperation with Tamkeen’s central committee.”
Kanjo listed difficulties that hinder the delivery of services and implementation of infrastructure projects in the province. Lack of funding and continued aerial bombardment by the Assad regime and Russia’s air force were the primary factors.
Kanjo concluded by stressing the need for engineers and technicians to help carry out projects, adding that the closure of border crossings with Turkey has made it much more difficult to contact donors and submit plans for projects to them. (Source: Syrian Coalition)