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Rebels Switch off Water for 1.5 Million People. Media: 'Aleppo Without Water After Syrian, Russian Strikes'

Something is missing from the headlines

Tell me one thing, what would you conclude has happened after you read these headlines:

The Telegraph: 'Two million without water' as Russian and Syrian warplanes batter Aleppo for second night

The Guardian: Syria bombings leave 1.75 million without running water in Aleppo

NBC News: Aleppo Airstrikes: UN Says Two Million People Now Without Water

Sky News: Two million people without water amid fresh Aleppo strikes

Huffington Post: Fighting In Aleppo Rages On As Bombings Leave Residents Without Water

Vanity Fair: Air Strikes in Aleppo Leave Syrians Without Water After This Week's Failed Ceasefire

BBC: Syria conflict: Air strikes leave Aleppo 'without water'

The Independent: Syrian war: Dozens of civilians killed as almost 2 million left without water by ‘relentless’ air strikes in Aleppo

ITV News: Airstrikes leave millions of people in Aleppo 'without water'

It's safe to say you would assume that Syrian or Russian airstrikes have blown up the water supply for 2 million people. 

However, wait a minute. West Aleppo is government-held and home to 1.5 million. Why would the regime blow up the water supply of its own constituency?

I don't know because in fact neither Syrians nor Russians did such a thing. Here is what happened instead:

The so-called "moderate" rebels turned off the water to 1.5 million civilians living in West Aleppo in retaliation for a Syrian Army airstrike on East Aleppo that allegedly left 250,000 residents without water setting the stage for an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

So let's get this straight. The rebels switch off water for 1.5 million people but this is buried and instead presented as if the loyalists or Russians had done it? How is that for double speak?

We don't know if airstrikes really damaged the water infrastructure for eastern Aleppo. It's plausible that they did, but it's also plausible rebels would lie about it as it has turned into a big propaganda coup for them thanks to the western media that just about worships them.

In any case two wrongs don't make a right -- rebels deciding to wage a war against 1.5 million civilians of west Aleppo certainly deserves to be reported on honestly whether the Syrian government (or Russians) really blew up water pumps that served 250,000 people in east Aleppo (albeit some estimates are as low as 40,000) or not.

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