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    With thousands of displaced civilians living in heavily damaged buildings in Syria, access to such necessities as water and electricity can be hard to get. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) tried to tackle the problem of access to fresh water in Aleppo by creating an app designed to locate the nearest wells in the area.

    International Committee of the Red Cross launched a mobile app that allows civilians in Aleppo locate the nearest source of fresh water, Christine Beerli, vice-president of the committee, told Sputnik during the 21st annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

    "In Aleppo, we work very closely with the local authorities that are responsible for water supply, like [we do] in other cities, and they are really doing everything possible to help people return to their homes," Beerli said.

    According to Beerli, the ICRC has restored about 65 drinking water wells. "After that, we created a mobile app so that people who don't have access to water in their houses due to damaged pipes could look up on their phones where the closest well in their district is and where they can find fresh water," Beerli explained.

    The app has proven to be very handy for the Syrians in Aleppo, Beerli said, pointing out that, even in areas where battles are ongoing, people can still use mobile phones. This, according to the ICRC vice president, means that migrants need to be provided not only with water and food, but with an opportunity to charge their phones. "[Access to] information is as critical as food," Beerli stressed.

    In December 2016, the Russian Defense Ministry's center for Syrian Reconciliation announced that the Syrian army's operation to liberate the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo from militants was over.

    Moscow has been supporting Damascus in its fight against numerous terrorist groups. Within the framework of this support, Russia has been conducting an aerial operation against terrorists in Syria and providing humanitarian aid to the residents of the crisis-torn country.

    In recent months, the Syrian army supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces succeeded in liberating a number of territories in the Aleppo province controlled by militants, including Daesh terrorist group.


    Russia's Help to Red Cross 'Extremely' Useful for Relief Efforts in Syria
    app, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Christine Beerli, Aleppo, Syria
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