The Syrian Interim Government (SIG) said that the Assad regime persists in exploiting hunger and thirst as tools of oppression within liberated territories, targeting the very Syrians who yearn for freedom, justice, and dignity.
Muhammad al-Shihabi, the head of the local council in al-Bab in eastern rural Aleppo, revealed the town’s current dire state, referring to it as parched due to an acute shortage of groundwater. He explained that subsequent to al-Bab’s liberation from ISIS, the Assad regime seized control of the Ayn Al-Bayda pumping station, a vital water source for the town.
The SIG’s report elucidates that until 2017, the Assad regime was responsible for supplying water to al-Bab and its adjacent areas, even during the town’s occupation by ISIS.
The report further discloses that following the joint liberation effort by the Syrian National Army and the Turkish army, which successfully freed al-Bab and its outskirts from ISIS, the regime ceased water supply to the town and its vicinities.
It is important to note that over 300,000 civilians reside in al-Bab and its suburbs, and the region faces an impending drought threat endangering around 4,500 hectares of agricultural land.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)