The Justice for a Life Observatory in the city of Deir Ezzor appealed for urgent action by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to address the acute shortage of water in the city. The observatory, an activist group based in Deir Ezzor, said that the water shortage threatens the lives of more than 120,000 civilians trapped inside the city which has been subject to suffocating siege by the ISIS group for nearly two years.
Director of the observatory Jalal Hamad said that drinking water has been cut off in the neighborhoods of Aljura, Alqosour, Almuazafin and Harabish since May 12 after the only remaining pumping station stopped working due to lack of fuel.
Hamad pointed out that four water treatment plants in the city had stopped working after they became in the range of ISIS snipers’ fire, while the fifth one is working at just 30% of its overall capacity.
Chairman of the UN Working Group for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland on Tuesday stressed that his group is ready for dialogue with everyone in the conflict, including ISIS, to ensure humanitarian aid is delivered to those in need.
Egeland, who was speaking at the sidelines of the World Humanitarian Summit that concluded in Istanbul on Tuesday, said that the humanitarian situation in Syria is sharply deteriorating day after day as the Assad regime continues to impede the delivery of humanitarian aid into besieged areas.
Tens of thousands of civilians trapped in Deir Ezzor have been enduring immense suffering as a result of water shortages, power outages, lack of basic services, and the scarcity of bread after many bakeries stopped working. (Source: Smart News Agency + Anadolu Agency)