Syria government urges U.N. chief to avert 'looming dam catastrophe' | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS Syria's government urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to demand that a U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State militants stop targeting the Euphrates and Tishrin dams and surrounding areas "to forestall a looming catastrophe."In a letter to Guterres and the Security Council, released on Thursday, Syria's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Mounzer Mounzer wrote that residents along the Euphrates River in Iraq could also be affected by the "systematic sabotage of infrastructure.""The total destruction of these dams that are being targeted by the air strikes will wash away and flood cities, towns and villages, endangering the lives of hundreds of thousands of people living in those areas," Mounzer wrote.

The international coalition and the Pentagon were not immediately available for comment. The U.S.-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes in Syria against Islamic State militants since September 2014.

The United Nations last month warned of catastrophic flooding in Syria from the Euphrates dam, which is at risk from high water levels, sabotage by Islamic State and further damage from air strikes by the coalition."The Government of the Syrian Arab Republic calls on the Security Council and the Secretary-General to compel the United States of America and the members of the 'international coalition' to stop targeting the Euphrates Dam, the Tishrin Dam and the surrounding areas and other infrastructure, in order to forestall the looming catastrophe," Mounzer wrote.

The Russian-backed Syrian army has advanced rapidly in recent weeks to the western banks of the Euphrates River.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in an interview broadcast on Saturday, called U.S. forces in the country "invaders" as they were not there with the government's permission. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by James Dalgleish)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.


Updated Date: Mar 17, 2017 04:45 AM

Also Watch

Watch: The true stories from Dharavi that inspired Rajinikanth's Kaala
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 Watch: Cyrus Khan talks about Parkour, jumping across walls and why he hates sitting
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 Unwind: India's basketball sensation Amjyot Singh has his eyes set on becoming an NBA regular
  • Monday, May 28, 2018 First Day First Showsha — Review of Solo: A Star Wars Story in 10 questions
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 Social Media Star: Rajkummar Rao and Bhuvan Bam open up about selfie culture, online trolls

Also See