Turkey Turns Off Water to Hesekê

This report was published on ANF English, 25 February, 2020

The Turkish army stormed the Elok waterworks east of Serêkaniyê, chased away the workers and shut down the plant. The plant represents one of the most important water supply lines for the canton of Hesekê.

Turkey has partially cut off the water to North-East Syria. On Monday, members of the occupying forces stormed the Elok [also known as Allok/Alok] waterworks in the east of the occupied city of Serêkaniyê (Ras al-Ain) and chased away the workers. The plant was subsequently shut down. As a result, the Hesekê area is largely cut off from the water supply.

The Turkish army had bombed the Elok plant on 9 October on the first day of the war of aggression against the self-governing territories in northern and eastern Syria, and ensured that the population had no access to clean drinking water. The plant could be repaired and put back into service amid continued attacks. The complete closure of the waterworks now threatens serious supply problems for thousands of people.