Aid Agencies Struggle In Northeast Syria With Water Shortages | 10/16/2019 | Staff
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GENEVA (Reuters) – Aid agencies said on Thursday they were struggling to meet the needs of up to 200,000 civilians who fled fighting in northeast Syria and reported water shortages in the Syrian city of Hasaka.

A week-old Turkish military offensive prompted Mercy Corps and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) to suspend most activities and pull out foreign staff.

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The assault came soon after U.S. President Donald Trump announced U.S. forces were withdrawing from the area, leading critics to accuse him of abandoning Kurdish militia who had helped the United States fight Islamic State militants.

The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are still operating in the northeast where ICRC now estimates that 170,000 to 200,000 people are displaced.

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“We are not withdrawing or reducing our activities in the northeast,” ICRC spokeswoman Ruth Hetherington told Reuters.

The field hospital run by ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent at al-Hol camp, with 68,000 people including families of Islamic State fighters, was operating as usual, she said, saying it was distributing water and meals to some residents.

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