Water Crisis in Northeast Syria
A Letter to the UK's Foreign Secretary

first published 9 November 2021

The Corner House and others have written to the UK's Foreign Secretary to urge immediate action to address the worsening humanitarian crisis in northern and eastern Syria where tens of thousands now lack water due to the actions of Turkey and its proxies following their military occupation of border areas in 2019.

Turkish-backed militia have deliberately cut off water supply to some 500,000 people. Cutting off water to civilian populations by parties to an armed conflict is a war crime. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, the UK has an overwhelming obligation to investigate and take action.