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Syrians besieged by IS drink river water

Syrians besieged by IS drink river water The UN children's agency UNICEF said on Monday that families are drinking untreated river water in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor.

Islamic State militants launched a fierce assault on Syrian government-held areas of Deir al-Zor earlier this month, capturing an area used to supply the city through air drops as the assault cut the state-controlled area in two.

UNICEF regional director Geert Cappelaere said in a statement: "The escalation of violence threatens the lives of 93,000 civilians, including over 40,000 children who have been cut off from regular humanitarian aid for over two years."

"Indiscriminate shelling has reportedly killed scores of civilians and forced others to remain in their homes. Food prices have sky-rocketed to levels five to ten times higher than in the capital, Damascus. Chronic water shortages are forcing families to fetch untreated water from the Euphrates River, exposing children to the risk of waterborne diseases," he said.
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