Water cut in Syria's Afrin as Turkey completes encirclement

Water cut in Syria's Afrin as Turkey completes encirclement
From Al Jazeera - March 14, 2018

Water to Syria's Afrin has now been cut for a week, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as Turkey's military finished encircling the Kurdish city in preparation for a major ground assault.

Access to clean drinking water ended after Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters seized the main dam and water plant from the People's Protection Units (YPG) militiain the Kurd-dominated region in northwest Syria.

"Local workers were unable to access the dam controls to pump water. The water supply has been cut off," the UN office for humanitarian affairs said in a statement.

Residents have relied on untreated water from boreholes and risk contracting diseases, it added.

The Syrian-Kurdish YPG said the Turkish army took control of the dam on Maydanki lake and a water pumping station last week.

"Water has been fully cut off because of the Turkish army's control over it," said Birusk Hasaka, the YPG spokesman in Afrin.

"Civilians are depending on wells to get water and they are not enough - and not good for drinking unfortunately."

Without bread

The area also faces a bread shortage as Afrin's only bakery grapples with rising demand amid power and fuel shortages.

Azad Mohamed, an Afrin resident, said he waited in line for eight hours to get a few loaves of bread. Some people went without getting any, he added.

Turkey's PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan said his military and its rebel allies will completely surround Afrin city by Wednesday night, a source in his office said.

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