Militants fighting against the Syrian government have cut drinking water supply for at least 12 months in a city in the country’s northern governorate of Aleppo.Reports say that the foreign - sponsored militants in the Ezaz city in Reef Aleppo force 50000 Syrians living in the area to purchase drinking water from tankers. Meanwhile, the city is replete with water resources including water tables, but the militants control the city’s dams, adding to the problems people are facing. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies - - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - - are supporting the militants operating inside Syria. UN Secretary General Ban Ki - moon said on July 25 that more than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of foreign - sponsored militancy in the country. The militancy has also displaced a total of 7.8 million Syrians, more than one 1.8 million of whom are living in neighboring countries, mainly in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.