Continuing to distribute drinking water to people in the city of Hasakah

Within the Medico Switzerland project, the Kurdish Red Crescent, in coordination with councils and communes, is still distributing water to people in the neighborhoods of the city of Hasakah, which is witnessing a stifling crisis in securing drinking water as a result of its interruption from the Alouk station in the countryside of Sere Kaniye/Ras al-Ain, occupied by the Turkish state.
The Kurdish Red Crescent team supervising the distribution process checks the quality of the water and ensures its suitability for drinking before distributing it according to an organized schedule to the people.

Report about KRC’s Response during and after the Earthquake

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Together for well health and clean environment

We, in the Kurdish Red Crescent Organization in northeastern Syria, have been working for several years to develop our projects aimed at the safe disposal of medical waste and expired medicines. Last week, we met with UPP, the Health Authority, the Medical Services Centre and the Municipalities Authority’s Health Committee to develop new plans to improve activities and implement them systematically in the region.
This project aims to preserve public health and the environment in our region, and reduce environmental pollution and the risks facing us. We are proud of our work and hope that this project will lead to our shared goals of improving health and the environment.
We invite you to join us on this important project and spread awareness about the importance of the safe disposal of medical waste and expired medicines. Thank you for your support and cooperation with us

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distribute drinking water in Al-Hasaka

Due to the frequent water pumping cut-offs from #Alouk_station to Hasakah, and spreading #cholera epidemic, and also to meet the urgent need of getting safe drinking water, KRC #WASH team started a campaign to distribute water in tanks throughout the current week. This initiative was carried out in coordination with the Al-Hasakah District Council to distribute water to Al-Kallaseh neighborhood locals (comen Al-Shaheed Zubair on the first day) at a rate of 1 cubic meter (1000 liters) per family, and the number of beneficiaries in this initiative reached 83 families, inaddition to disterbute awareness brochures.


Tala’e/Sery Kaniye camp

Because of the consecutive rain during the past two days in Tala’e/Sery Kaniye camp, many tents were destroyed, knowing that those tents were housing families most of them were women and children. KRC teams hastened to provide all their needs, starting from transfer them by ambulances to the emergency tents, supporting them with the medical and PSS services. It is good to mention that those people are from the occupied city of Sere Ganee, it is occupied since 2019

Hasaka city lack to water in COVID19 conditions

Kurdish Red Crescent’s operation desk communicates daily with the confirmed cases of “Covid19” in Northern Syria , to following up and monitoring their cases and their families’ situation.
Until now, all the cases are mild cases and do not require medical interventions, just need continuous follow-up, which is what we do.
When our team contacted the case in Al-Hasakah, their question was about water (there is no water for showering and there is a little for drinking…).
Fortunately, the Kurdish Red Crescent recently starts a project to distribute water in several neighborhoods in Al-Hasaka, through this project we are providing the family with water and will continue as a temporary solution.
The most important thing that awareness campaigns focus to facing the Corona virus is personal hygiene and hand washing, and with the lack of water, prevention measures cannot be applied and the risk of spreading the infection increases further.
Cutting off water on a city facing such a pandemic and employing the needs of civilians for political purposes is a shame for any political party, and unfortunately, this is the situation in Al- Hasaka that has not received a suitable solution until now.

The distribution of our hygiene kits and water tanks is going on

thanks to medico international switzerland and the Municipality of Zurich, the Kurdish Red Crescent will reach over 25.000 beneficiaries and provide with hygiene items (Dettol soap, shampoo, towel etc.) and water tanks for Washokani camp.
Having a looking to special women needs and the necessary protection against COVID-19, the kits will be distributed in northeast Syria.
Awareness and prevention are the base for a healthy life.

Turkish Government cut water supplies on Al-Hasaka city

Turkish Government cut water supplies
A violation of IHL who can be fatal of thousands of people.

On Saturday, Turkish Government cut the flow from a reservoir that supplies water to areas in northeastern Syria’s Hasakah province that the Kurdish-led local authorities control.
The Alouk Water Station is located near the border town of Serekaniye, which Turkey and its militant proxies took control of in October 2019 during Turkey’s so-called “Peace Spring Operation”. Since then, Turkishbacked groups have regularly cut off the water flow. This is confirmed also by a public UNICEF statement, which one claimed the move was the latest in a series of disruptions in water pumping over the past weeks.
The Allouk pumping station, which usually serves more than 460,000 people in and around Hasakah, has not been functional since 30 October 2019. Since then, KRC with other actors has been taking emergency measures to find alternative sources of water for people in the region.
Protecting water resources and infrastructure to ensure a reliable supply of water and electricity to the population is a basic need for the civil population. Water facilities are covered under a number of terms and provisions of international humanitarian law, either by treaty or by customary law.
Starvation as a method of warfare is explicitly prohibited regardless of the nature of the conflict, and the concept of objects essential for the survival of the civilian population includes drinking-water installations and supplies and irrigation works. Immunity for indispensable objects is waived only when these are used solely for the armed forces or in direct support of military action. Even then, the adversaries must refrain from any action, which could reduce the population to starvation or deprive it of essential water.

The water pipeline is still regularly cut off.
More than 460.000 people are without water supply.
The international community have to take a serious step to reduce this catastrophe.

In civil wars, which today account for most of the armed conflicts in the world, the use of water by the belligerent parties constitutes a serious threat to the population concerned. To attack water is to attack an entire way of life and makes access to water well nigh or completely impossible, thereby heightening the risks to the civilian population despite the protection it is granted under international law.
Moreover, a United Nations representative in Syria on Monday said interruption to a key water station in the country’s northeast puts at least 460,000 people at risk as efforts ramp up to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.

The COVID-19 pandemic (or coronavirus) is unprecedented in recent history and is spreading rapidly. It is not only a public health crisis, but also a humanitarian crisis in the making. In war-torn countries, COVID-19 represents a dramatic threat to life. Health system has already been ravaged by violence, and the threat of further strain on health care from the coronavirus is an enormous risk for communities. Plans to prevent and respond to the virus must urgently move forward before it gains a foothold in countries in conflict. Denying hundreds of thousands of people access to water is denying them a basic source of protection against Covid19, given that handwashing is a fundamental means in shielding oneself of the virus.
Meanwhile, the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) replying to a calling by UN Secretary-General, declared a ceasefire in all the area.

The KRC urges all parties to the conflict to declare a ceasefire and to respect civilian life by taking every possible measure to protect and respect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

International Humanitarian Law aims at ensuring that the basic needs of civilians are met, even in times of conflict. In northeast Syria, the infrastructure (e.g. water stations and dams) for water supply systems happen to be located near the frontlines and it is critical that they are protected.
The Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols protect sick, wounded and shipwrecked persons not taking part in hostilities, prisoners of war and other detainees, civilians and civilian objects. Military operations must be conducted in accordance with IHL, in particular the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution. Attacking, or rendering useless, objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as water and sanitation facilities, is prohibited.

KRC ask the Turkish Government to allow providing water to areas deprived of it immediately and urgently and to guarantee that no further water interruption is to happen under any pretext.

Owing to these circumstances and due to the critical and dramatic situation due to COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly recommend and ask the UN Security Council an immediate reopening of Yaroubiyeh border.
According to the UN, the border crossing in the past enabled support to an estimated 1.4 million people in northeast Syria.
KRC took it as our humanitarian mandatory to serve all people no matter of their background, nationality, race, religion, gender. However, the International Community have to be aware and to support these activities. We will always continue our work accepting the international humanitarian principles, protecting the ideas of international laws and principles.

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Construction a new camp “Washokani” for the displaced people of Sere Kaniye

After the big displacement of “Sere Kaniye” residents to Al-HAssaka city and stay in more than 70 schools , The Democratic Self-Administration started building a new camp in the village of “Tweyna” on “Til Tamir” road, which it called “Washokani”.
The camp is designed to accommodate more than 30,000 families, currently living only 30 families, this is due to the incomplete construction and rehabilitation work.
We in the Kurdish Red Crescent appeal to all humanitarian and refugee organizations to contribute in the construction works and provide the necessary assistance to rehabilitation it as soon as possible with a coming cold winter.