This frame grab from video provided By Yomyat Kzefeh Hawen Fi Dimashq (Diary of a Mortar Shell in Damascus), a Damascus-based media outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows Syrian residents filling up buckets and gallons of spring water from a pipe on the side of the road, in Damascus, Syria. Water supplies to Damascus have been largely cut off for nearly two weeks because of fighting between pro-government forces and rebels for control of the main tributary, forcing millions in the Syrian capital to scramble for enough to drink and wash with. The cut-off is a major challenge to the government’s effort throughout the nearly 6-year-old civil war to keep the capital as insulated as possible from the effects of the conflict tearing apart much of the country. (Yomyat Kzefeh Hawen Fi Dimashq (Diary of a Mortar Shell in Damascus), via AP)

The United Nations has denounced the terrorist forces that have cut the Damascus water supply for two weeks now, risking a humanitarian crisis in the city of over five million people.

“In Damascus itself, 5.5 million people have had their water supplies cut or minimized,” head of the UN-backed humanitarian taskforce for Syria, Jan Egeland, told reporters in the Swiss city of Geneva on Thursday.

He stressed that “to sabotage and deny water is of course a war crime,” warning that civilians “will be affected by waterborne diseases” if clean water supply is not restored.

The militant held Barada River and Ain al-Fijah spring reportedly supply 70 percent of the water for Damascus and its environs.

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I have been saying the same thing for 2 weeks now. What do western media do?
They denounce the Syrian Government for breach of the ceasefire in attacking Wadi Barada. Western media are criminal conspirators for aiding and abetting these terrorists. Rupert Murdoch & Stephen Adler (Thompson Reuters) should both face a war crimes trial for their outspoken support of those who poisoned the water supply.

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Western media merely report the water shortage, blaming it on the “ongoing battles” without actually naming the part responsible for poisoning then cutting water flow. As if the assault on WB was responsible for water shortage and not the other way around having it that the assault on WB was consequent to “opposition” cutting water supply.

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IMHO It is not clear that the well was poisoned.

Found an interesting coverage – sorry – I do not like bellingcat.

http://linkis.com/www.bellingcat.com/n/Lb7iB

If diesel was found it was intention not accident or result of the fighting. In link Paveway IV’s comment on January 4, 2017 how the well works. No pump that may need diesel but gravity drives the system.

Or diesel is propaganda since the militants can just block the water flow. Like they did in the past.

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Al Masdar News are providing the real news on Syria. Newscorp & Reuters are the fake news agencies

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Nothing is fake. All news also serves intentions and aims. Use google on who owns, who reports, who says. Also google on all: friends, ex work and associates. Find their intentions… Know. Quality press is often mainly funded by adverts. All these factors and the struggle for quota drive the game.

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Whose war crime? p.s. Judging from Jan Egeland’s past attitudes – IMHO he will soon tell us that it was Assad personally who dieseled the wells.

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It’s high time such thing being said at UN level, so is the fact of retaining civilians by force in ANY war zone, actually, warring parties even have to organise their evacuation from war zone, as it’s stipulated in the Hague convention, so is also a war crime making protected places like hospitals, schools, religious edifices etc a… Military base. In fact, even putting snipers on the roof of an hospital makes its legal protection void and is also a war crime… Well, c’mon, let’s listen to “21st Century Schizoid Man” : it sticks so much to our times, even… Read more »
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Assad must stay

West politicians are only chattering politicians, like chickens. Therefore, they have … a huge mouth!

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