Turkey backed rebels again cut water to Kurds in northeast Syria – report

Northern Syrian authorities accused Turkish-backed groups of preventing access to a water plant in Hasakah province, effectively cutting off water to the area controlled by the Kurdish-led local government, Syrian-Kurdish news agency ANHA said on Monday.

"It was assumed that the Russian state was the guarantor of supplying the city with water, but they did not play their role well," ANHA quoted Suzdar Ahmed, co-chair of the administration's directorate of water, as saying.

"Turning off the station is considered a catastrophe, as more than a million people in the city are without water," Ahmed said.

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels cut supply to the Hasakah region for more than a week in February in defiance of a Russian-Turkish deal that guarantees water to Kurdish-led areas in exchange for power supply, ANHA said.

Turkey took control of an area between two border towns of Ras al Ayn and Tel Abyad after a military operation launched in October.