Bomb Destroys Water Pump Station, Exacerbate Water Crisis in Syria

Bombs destroyed several public facilities in Idlib, including the water pumping station that serves the water supply needs for one million IDPs in Syria.

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Russian jet destroys the water pumping station. (AFP Document)

ACTNews, IDLIB – Russian jets bombed areas near the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on Sunday, witnesses and opposition sources said, marking a new year flare-up for the last opposition-held bastion. Bombs destroyed several public facilities in Idlib, including the water pumping station that serves the water supply needs for one million IDPs in Syria.

A senior UN official, who confirmed the water station was "badly damaged" in an airstrike, said such attacks worsened the humanitarian plight of millions of displaced Syrians.

"Continued destruction of civilian infrastructure will only cause more suffering of civilians. Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure must stop," UN deputy regional humanitarian coordinator Mark Cutts said in a tweet.

There have been eight airstrikes targeted rural areas in Idlib. Kansafra, Al-Bara in Jabal Al-Zawiyah, the Kafr Daryan area, the area around the town of Al-Jadidah near Jisr Al-Shughour, and the Al-Namerah area in Sahl Al-Rouj are among these areas.

A series of raids after midnight on Saturday (local time) hit makeshift camps that house thousands of displaced families near Jisr al Shuqhur, west of Idlib with two children and a woman killed and 10 civilians wounded, the civil defense service said.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian conflict claimed 3,882 lives in 2021. There are 383 children under the age of 18 and 193 women over 18.

Apart from conflict-related damage to water facilities, climate change is to blame for the country's water crisis, which spans more than 185 thousand kilometers. The long summer has dried up the rivers, which serve as drinking water and irrigation source for many Syrian farmers.[]