ISIS militants cuts off water supplies to thousands of civilians in Mosul
ISIS terrorists have cut off water supply to dozens of liberated areas in Mosul to keep civilians under control as the Iraqi army and allied fighters renew their push to expel the extremists out of their last urban stronghold.
“Daesh terrorists have cut water to 30 neighborhoods in the Eastern flank of the city, located some 400 kilometers North of the capital Baghdad,” Nineveh provincial council member Hossam al-Abbar told Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network on Monday
Abbar added that only 10 liberated districts have access to potable water intermittently.
He further noted that water stations in al-Ghabat neighborhood, which nurture Western Mosul, are still under ISIS control, and that the terror group has turned off the pumps which send water toward liberated neighborhoods in the city.
The official said ISIS has ordered its members to target areas retaken from them with mortar shells and artillery rounds.
Abbar also urged the Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works plus Ministry of Finance to allocate a certain budget as well as tankers to supply drinking water to Mosul neighborhoods.
Zuhair Hazem al-Jabouri, an official with Mosul’s energy and water department, said last month that “Daesh is depriving people of drinking water in eastern Mosul. They want to force people to retreat with them in order to use them as human shields”.
Iraqi army soldiers, supported by fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units – commonly known in Arabic as Hashd al-Shaabi – and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, launched a joint operation on October 17 to retake Mosul from ISIS terrorists.