Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II: Cutting off water from Hasakah, flagrant violation of human rights… International community bears responsibility for this unethical act

Damascus, SANA- Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East Mar Ignatius Aphram II  affirmed that cutting off water from the citizens of Hasaka is a “flagrant violation of the human rights” as the Turkish occupation forces and their terrorist mercenaries continue to cut off water from the city of Hasaka for 10th successive day.

In his letters addressed to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and President of the European Council Charles Michel, Patriarch Aphram II denounced the humanitarian catastrophe in Hasaka due to the cutting off water from Hcity and its countryside, northeast of Syria, as more than a million of Syrian people are prevented from their right in living.

Patriarch Aphram II added that for more than 10 days, terrorist groups affiliated to Turkish occupation cut off water from the citizens, as they have exposed, especially children and patients, to a critical health condition amid the spread of coronavirus pandemic and high rise of temperatures in the area.

He reiterated that using water as a weapon is a barbaric act and a blatant violation of the humanitarian rights, calling on the international community to take a stance towards this outrageous act.

Patriarch Aphram II held the international community responsible for the repercussions of this unethical act, calling on the UN to immediately tackle this issue through providing water and other assistance to those who need them in Hasaka and in northeast of Syria.

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