The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Second Turkish attack in January | Water station in Al-Raqqa countryside put out of service

Al-Raqqa province: Turkish forces have fired artillery shells on “Hiesha” water station that is located on the road between Al-Raqqa and Tal Abyad in east Ain Issa, putting the station out of service. It is worth noting that the station had came under Turkish shelling on January 12.

It is worth noting that the station provides water supplies for irrigating wide swath of land, nearly 130,000 dunams in villages of Al-Hiesha, Al-Fatsha, Sakiro, Al-Sharkeraq and Hamam Al-Turkman via underground pipeline networks. The station also feeds Al-Hiesha town and nearly 50 surrounding villages with drinking water. So, the suspension of the station’s service will worsen the suffering of the people in the region that experiences almost daily Turkish attacks.

Earlier today, SOHR sources reported that the Turkish forces carried out an intensive rocket attack, in the early hours of Sunday, in the vicinity of Ain Issa district in north Al-Raqqa. The attack hit Olimaat village in the western countryside of Al-Raqqa and left four civilians wounded, two of whom sustained severe injuries.

Yesterday, SOHR sources documented the death of five civilians and the injury of four others in shelling by the Turkish forces and loyal factions on Hdayrat village in the east of Ain Issa district in the northern countryside of Al-Raqqa.

The Turkish attack coincided with an exchange of rocket fire between Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) on one hand, and Turkish forces and their proxy factions on the other nearby Lattakia-Aleppo international highway “M4” in the eastern part of Ain Issa district, amid ongoing clashes between the two sides on the frontlines of Al-Mshayrifah and Jahbal villages, as Turkish rocket and artillery fire paved the way for the Turkish-backed factions to advance into that region.