UN Welcomes Deal to Repair Damascus Water Spring

تم نشره في Sat 14 January / Jan 2017. 01:00 AM
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NEW YORK — The United Nations has welcomed a deal agreed by the Syrian government and rebels to repair a damaged water spring in Wadi Barada that had left 5.5 million in the Damascus area without supplies.

Reports said Syrian government teams had entered the formerly rebel-held Wadi Barada to assess the damage to the water infrastructure at the Ain Al-Fija and begin the repairs after weeks of severe shortages in the capital.

UN spokesperson Eri Kaneko said the UN team was monitoring the situation with the Syrian water authority and the Red Cross and was ready to enter the area to offer additional support to ensure a speedy repair of the facility.

She said the water authority is currently executing a contingency plan to secure 30 percent of the daily water needs in Damascus on rotational basis until the infrastructure becomes fully operational.

She urged all the parties to ensure unfettered access by repair teams to the site in order to restore the water supplies as a necessity for the wellbeing of the civilian population.