by Jay Syrmopoulos, The Free Thought Project:
Damascus, Syria – In a story that Western corporate media has steadfastly refused to report on for over two weeks, shortly after the liberation of Aleppo by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Nusra fighters contaminated the water supply to Damascus. On December 22, by dumping diesel fuel into the water supply at Wadi Barada, Nusra fighters made the water unfit for human consumption.
The intentional blockade of water from Barada, to over 5 million people in Damascus, is further exacerbating the massive humanitarian disaster in Syria.
According to a report by Moon of Alabama:
There is a humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Syria and the “western” media ignore it.
On December 22 al-Qaeda aligned Takfiris in the Wadi Barada valley shut down the main water supply for the Syrian capital Damascus. Since then the city and some 5-6 million living in and around it have to survive on emergency water distributions by the Syrian government. That is barely enough for people to drink – no washing, no showers and no water dependent production is possible.
This shut down is part of a wider, seemingly coordinated strategy to deprive all government held areas of utility supplies. Two days ago the Islamic State shut down a major water intake for Aleppo from the Euphrates. High voltage electricity masts on lines feeding Damascus have been destroyed and repair teams, unlike before, denied access. Gas supplies to parts of Damascus are also cut.
The campaign is designed to block utilities to government-held areas as revenge for the liberation of east Aleppo, and to sow additional chaos as to stifle the Syrian government’s consolidation of control in war-torn Syria.
Adding credibility to the idea that this water blockade is part of a coordinated effort to further destabilize Syria, the U.S. and U.K. -funded White Helmets are apparently now directly involved in the water blockade. Although often portrayed in the “western” corporate media as heroes, and recently nominated for a Nobel Prize, many Aleppo residents claim that the group is actually the civil defense for the Nusra Front – al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.
Over 60 dead and 100 injured in rebel-stronghold Azaz North Aleppo after huge car bomb. No white helmets here due to low propaganda value pic.twitter.com/XylqjJ9ecn
— The 'Nimr' Tiger (@Souria4Syrians) January 7, 2017
Moon of Alabama went on to note:
On December 22 the water supply to Damascus was suddenly contaminated with diesel fuel and no longer consumable. A day later Syrian government forces started an operation to regain the area and to reconstitute the water supplies.
Photos and a video on social media (since inaccessible but I saw them when they appeared) showed the water treatment facility rigged with explosives. On Dec 27th the facility was blown up and partly destroyed.
The Syrian government attempted to send repair teams to restore the flow of clean water to the millions of civilians in Damascus, but access to the site was denied by anti-government forces that tainted the water supply — and they are currently still in control of the area. The White Helmets then attempted to claim that it was SAA forces that destroyed the facility, a claimed denied by the Syrian government.
Interestingly, pictures posted by insurgents revealed them to be proudly standing within the destroyed facility — making the victory sign — on top of the rubble of a collapse. This would be considered odd behavior if it were actually SAA that did the damage, but which makes perfect sense if they intentionally damaged the facility themselves after poisoning the Damascus water supply.
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