4 million civilians without water in Damascus

Around four million people living in the Syrian capital Damascus and its surroundings are without water as the two main sources from Wadi Barada and Ain al-Fijah have been damaged in fighting.

Water supplies from these areas serve seventy per cent of Damascus’s population have have been affected since 22nd December, causing a surge in the price of water.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has expressed its concern regarding the situation, and stated that the intentional targeting of water supplies has resulted in their destruction. The United Nations recently warned that sabotaging water infrastructure accounts to war crimes.

Syrian government forces have increased their efforts to retake Wadi Barada from rebel groups, launching air strikes, mortars and artillery. Both sides have blamed each other for the the water shortages.