The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Following Turkish airstrikes on vital institutions | Residents struggle with interruption of electricity and water in Al-Qamishly city

Residents in Al-Qamishly city have been struggling with ongoing interruption of electricity and water following the latest round of Turkish airstrikes which targeted vital institutions and infrastructure, putting many institutions and facilities, mainly power and water stations, out of service.


Attempting to cope with the current situation, residents have depended on old artisan wells, while others turned to activating power generators in nurseries in residential neighbourhoods to provide water and electricity to the city.


On the other hand, the “Komin” (local committees) affiliated to the Autonomous Administration have provided four tanks of water to every single neighbourhood for free to cover the need of residents of water in city’s neighbourhoods.


Speaking to SOHR, a young woman known by her initials as S. A. said “since the first day of Turkish escalation on the region, we have suffered from total blackout; this, in turn, makes us unable to get water. The situation is disastrous, especially since there are no water wells in the neighbourhood where I live. Residents in my neighbourhood are in the midst of a real tragedy. They gather around water tanks with pots in their hands to fill them with water for their families, and they use this water carefully, fearing interruption of water completely.”


A civilian known as A. A. from Al-Wasta neighbourhood told SOHR, “water has not been pumped to the neighbourhoods of Al-Wasta and Al-Sharqiyah since the beginning of the latest escalation by Turkish forces. Residents of the two neighbourhoods depend on buying water for 15,000 SYP every five barrels. In Al-Helaliyah and Al-Gharbi neighbourhoods, however, residents depend on old water wells, and they extract water using the household power generators. Komin and municipalities distribute water in the neighbourhoods of Qadour-bek, Al-Ashouriyah, Al-Kurnish and Al-Bishayriyah for free. However, most of the residents find themselves forced to buy water from water tanks in order to cover their needs.”


Water institutions depend on private power generators to run water stations and pump water to residents for hours as a relief solution, as those generators have no ability to run entire water stations for a whole day.