UNICEF fails to solve water crisis Syria’s Hasakah – Official

HASAKAH, Syria (North Press) – The UNICEF told us that the reason for the Alouk station water cut-off is not technical but political, an official of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) said on Tuesday.

Issa Younes, co-chair of the AANES Water Directorate in the city of Hasakah, northeast Syria, said the UNICEF had intervened several times to help operating the Alouk water station but it failed.

Alouk water station, which lies in the Turkish-occupied city of Ras al-Ain (Sere Kaniye), is the only water resource feeding Hasakah and its countryside, however, the station is controlled by Turkey and its affiliated armed opposition factions, known as the Syrian National Army (SNA).  

On July 3, the AANES declared the city of Hasakah, its villages, and IDP camps a “disaster area” because Turkey cuts-off water to the city “with the complicity of Russia and the Syrian government.”   

The UNICEF has mediated between the AANES and the SNA under which the AANES had to provide the station and other SNA-controlled villages with power. On the opposite, the SNA factions had to operate the Alouk station, however they did not abide by the mediation, Younes told North Press.

He added that the UNICEF had intervened several times to help operating the station but in vain. “The UNICEF said, ‘It is a political issue, not a technical one, and we cannot intervened more,” he cited the UNICEF as saying.

The official accused Turkey of adopting the policy of water cut-off to address its goals in displacing the people of the region, and hindering the projects of the AANES, as he said.

By Robin Omar