Turkey, stuck in Idlib, points to the north east and uses water as a weapon to drive the Kurds out of Hasaka. Despite the arrival of the coronavirus, the flows are still interrupted continuously
Turkey, whose operations in Idlib are frozen, points to the northeast of Syria and uses water as a weapon against the Kurds. Local sources confirmed, explaining that the TAF, during the Peace Spring operation in October 2019, took control of the major water stations. In particular, that of Sari Kani (Ras al Ain), which supplies about 460,000 people in the Hasaka governorate. These then began to stop the flows, reactivating them only for short periods and intermittently. The goal is to drive local inhabitants out, with the threat of thirsting them. The strategy, however, continues today, despite the outbreak of the coronavirus emergency in the Middle Eastern country. It is no coincidence that the humanitarian agencies operating in the area have denounced that the continuous interruptions of the water put at risk the efforts to combat the possible pandemic of COVID-19. Especially in refugee camps and among most vulnerable.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 situation in Syria is worsening. Damascus tries to react, but the international community is extremely worried
Meanwhile, cases of coronavirus are increasing in Syria. Officially there are a dozen, including two dead. In reality, however, there are many more. There is talk of over 200 infections in different areas of the country. From Deir Ezzor, where the pandemic seems to have started thanks to the Iranian militiamen and Isis, up to Aleppo and Idlib, passing through the region of the capital. Damascus, not surprisingly, is taking new measures. The international community, however, is extremely concerned about the risk of a humanitarian disaster. The local health system, in fact, is fragile and unable to manage such an event on a large scale. Furthermore, there are no necessary machinery and equipment. The regime is trying to buy them abroad, but obviously they are no longer found. Finally, there is the question of protecting overcrowded places, such as refugee camps and prisons, which has not yet been addressed.