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In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, smoke rises over Saif Al Dawla district, in Aleppo, Syria

Battle for Aleppo: US-Backed Rebels Shut Off Water for 1.5 Million Civilians

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The so-called "moderate" rebels turned off the water to 1.5 million civilians living in West Aleppo in retaliation for a Syrian Army airstrike on East Aleppo that allegedly left 250,000 residents without water setting the stage for an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

The city of Aleppo is “dying” according to United Nations officials after a fierce wave of bombing last night by the Syrian Army in an attempt to break the stalemate in what once was the economic capital of the country but is now left to rubble after years of combat between the Assad government and rebels.

Last night’s airstrikes according to early reporting by the United Nations left 115 dead as hostilities have intensified following the collapse of the ceasefire earlier this week resulting in large part from a US-led coalition airstrike on a Syrian Army base in Deir Ez-Zor that left 62 dead and hundreds injured "paving the way" for a major offensive by Daesh (ISIS) terrorists and over 300 ceasefire violations by the rebels.

The rebels signaled in the day before the ceasefire that they would not comply with the agreement brokered by the United States and Russia with the second largest rebel group Ahrar al-Sham even saying that it was “impossible” for the group to breakaway from al-Nusra Front terrorists (formerly Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate prior to a rebranding effort) because the two groups had become too entangled fighting under the common banner of the Army of Conquest.

With hopes for peace on hold Syrian airstrikes have escalated which the rebels claim undermined attempts to repair a water pump supplying rebel-held districts in East Aleppo with water allegedly blocking the flow of the vital resource to some 250,000 residents.

In an act of reprisal, the rebels switched off the Suleiman al-Halabi pumping station that provides water to 1.5 million Syrian civilians in government controlled West Aleppo raising the possibility of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in what has already turned into the largest displacement of civilians in human history.

Kieran Dwyer, spokesman for the UN Children’s Rights & Emergency Relief Organization (UNICEF) explained that the Bab al-Nairab pumping station supplying rebel-held parts of Aleppo was allegedly damaged on Thursday and subsequent strikes rendered repairs impossible.

"Then in retaliation for that attack a nearby pumping station that pumps water to the entire western part of the city – upwards to 1.5 million people – was deliberately switched off," said Dwyer.

UNICEF fears that families in West Aleppo will be forced to use contaminated liquid carrying waterborne diseases to which children are particularly vulnerable as a result of the intentional act of terroristic sabotage by the rebels in contravention of international humanitarian standards.

"Aleppo is slowly dying, and the world is watching, and the water is being cut off and bombed – it’s just the latest act of inhumanity," said UNICEF Deputy Director Justin Forsyth.

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  • loar.jn.cr
    The same that Nazi-Germany did to Leningrad and Stalingrad. At that time, russian civils participated in the battle against the Western Nazism and Fascism, My question is: Can Syrian people can do the same against the same enemies?. if so, It could be a good idea to supply arms by air. History repeat.

    Greetings from Mexico
  • mounir.assi
    This is the Americans criminals with their sbires that is why Mr Putin and Mr Assad should finish up to the last drop of blood this criminals and fast.
  • papimaloin reply toloar.jn.cr(Show commentHide comment)
    loar.jn.cr, The only reason that the Syrian government has not mobilized the whole population against the terrorists is that they don't have financial resources, thanks to US sanctions, who is helping the terrorists?
  • raptorabz
    Wil Samantha a powers call these lot barbarians for turning off the water, I guess no, she supports these terrorist, she is bloody good at making up stories and as for the white helmets, they look fat and well fed terrorist who collaborate with the US, they must have destroyed the convoy as they were there to film it.
  • enrique_costas
    And the Totalitarian Western media is supporting the terrorists as we watch in our TVs and read in our newspapers in Spain every minute.
  • ViTranin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
    FlorianGeyer, I see no difference !

    Americans bombed Syrian Army ... killed what 200 and then Americans gave all clear for Terrorists to attack !

    Americans and Terrorists are allies or the same people !

    what other explanation is there ?

    By the way there is no such thing as a Moderate terrorist ... much as there is no such thing as Moderate Gun shot to the Heart, Brain !
  • swenguzzi
    It is not prudent for Russia and Syria to dance to US's tune. They should hit terrorist positions in Aleppo hard until complete victory. No more ceasefires or backpedaling attempts by the US. US uses these lulls to regroup and rearm the terrorist.
  • Jetsin reply toraptorabz(Show commentHide comment)
    raptorabz, Nice observation.

    Two thumbs up.
  • pbecke
    Tell them that not one of them will be left alive. No cutting of a deal to escape. Kaput. all of them. Vile creatures.
  • ptcjm
  • ptcjmin reply toViTran(Show commentHide comment)
    ViTran, in Libya they had the NATO to bomb almost all the water resources, so the methods are the trade mark for the war criminals of USA.
  • choticastile
    Terrible. terrible situation... just hope the monsters are bombed out of Allepo within days. Know its hardly possible, but one can only pray for such a miracle.... what must a mother say to a hungry child--- never mind a thirsty little tyke. No something is dreadfully wrong in our world.
  • choticastilein reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
    Jet fuel can't melt steel beams, When Aid can't get in, imagine water trucks -- they'll be bombed to heck and gone.
  • cmps309
    United States has created a lot of bloodshed in Syria. I cannot understand why Russia accepted the peace offer by USA. USA is not interested in peace except in their homeland. I still don't understand why any country would want to create so many wars and bloodshed in almost every part of the world. How can a country beleive in Jesus yet kill so many people. Hypocrisy i guess.If Jesus talked about love why even throw a pebble at anybody leave alone such powerful bombs. This is insanity. Russia you should never trust the USA goverment. Everytime they call for peace the rebels/ISIS regroups. USA does not want to kill ISIS. It is the people of Syria should decide if Assad stays or goes not USA.
  • Abe Benj
    It is not crime and disaster because you will not see this news in main stream media. And what says else is rubbish in US point of view.
  • michael
    an 'exceptional' action.
  • ViTranin reply toptcjm(Show commentHide comment)
    ptcjm, Thank you for the links ... standard American/nato policy .. destruction !
  • Erik Trete
    Shutting the water off to civilians is an excellent reason for a limited joint Russian/Chinese Special forces action to capture and hold the water facilities and surrounding area. (And create as much havoc for the rebels as may be needed). This limited presence would also strongly dissuade the US from any involvement in the area as well. That would be an accident that even the US would not have.
  • maxxus
    ISIS = Israel, so Israel is cutting off the water for 1.5 million people. In the Neocon World Order we will all be at Israel's mercy (or lack thereof). First they came for the Palestinians and I did nothing . . . then they came for the Lebanese . . . now the Syrians . . . soon the world and we will be the victims.
  • maxxusin reply tocmps309(Show commentHide comment)
    cmps309, Russia shouldn't negotiate with anyone over Syria. US/Israel only pretend to be anti-terrorist. Actually the terrorists are doing their bidding. Russia seems to have an endless, naive belief in the goodwill of others.
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