At least one civilian, an employee of a water station, was injured when Al-Arshani water station was bombed by alleged Russian forces on January 2, 2022.
A tweet from @AlhasanMahar reported that Russian forces bombed Al-Arshani water station, which is “responsible for delivering water to about a quarter of a million civilians” in Idlib. @thiqanewsagency added that the station was completely out of service and Al Souria News identified the station as the only water station serving the city of Idlib.
@IrfaaSawtak quoted local civil defense forces who said that a worker at the station was injured. Syrian Network for Human Rights also identified one of the employees of the water station as having been injured in the strikes.
According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the airstrikes damaged “the station’s structure and its perimeter fence, in addition to severely damaging the main pipeline used for pumping, and other essential equipment.” The source also confirmed that the station is in a residential area and is free of any “military presence and equipment”.
Zaman Al Wasl also reported that airstrikes hit a factory for the productions of foodstuffs west of the city in addition to the strikes on the water station.
The Director-General of the Drinking Water Corporation, Muhammad Jamal Diban, said to Fresh Syria: “The Al-Arashani drinking water station in the city was bombed yesterday by Russian aircraft and was out of service, so we worked on emergency solutions, which is to operate the old project.”Diban added that “the project provides the city with 3,500 cubic meters per day, in addition to operating stations and internal wells to reduce the burden on residents.” Diban explained, “At the level of work, we have removed the rubble, secured the necessary supplies and changed the damaged parts. As a quick and temporary solution, we seek to supply the city of Idlib with water until the Al-Arashani station is repaired, which [supplies water to] 350 to 400 thousand people.”
The majority of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the airstrikes to Russian warplanes. A tweet from @adlbhamam1985, a local journalist, identified two raids as being carried out on Al-Arashani.
The incident occured in the afternoon.
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Reports of the incident mention the Al Arshabi Water Station (محطة العرشاني لضخ المياه) in the vicinity of the city of Idlib (إِدْلِب). Analyzing audio-visual material from sources, Airwars has narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 35.948861, 36.556375.