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Severe water shortage in Aleppo after pipe destroyed

Published on Sep 9, 2012 6:34 AM

BEIRUT (AFP) - Aleppo was suffering from severe drinking water shortages on Saturday after a main pipeline was destroyed in a northern district of the city, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"A main water line was destroyed near the water department in Bustan al-Basha. This is very important because it provides drinking water to the whole city," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

"We cannot say how it was ruptured, but there were air strikes and clashes between the army and rebels in the area," he added.

The Local Coordination Committees (LCC), a network of opposition activists on the ground, blamed the pipe burst on regime air attacks.

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