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WASH Cluster Incident Report No. 117 - 13/03/2018

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WORKERS BUS and SUPPLY TRUCK FOR DONETSK FILTER STATION BOTH FIRED UPON

Today (13th March 2018, at 11:45 am Kiev time) a KAMAZ truck on its way back from Donetsk Filter Station (DFS) after delivering of Sodium Hypochlorite (a chemical used in water treatment) was fired upon by small arms, about 100 metres outside main entrance of the DFS. Only by chance none of the bullets hit the truck, and the driver sped up to get away from the firing and to get further away from the Line of Contact as quickly as possible.

Later today (at 2pm Kiev time) the bus carrying 30 workers home from the DFS was also fired upon in the same location. Again luckily so far no-one was injured.
The bus sustained bullet damage to windows.

These are the third and fourth incidents in 7 days (all in March 2018), when civilian vehicles, with Voda Donbasa’s Logos were fired upon (see WASH Cluster Incident Reports #114 and #116). These incidents are making the operation and maintenance of this key facility increasingly difficult. All employees and management of Voda Donbasa are extremely worried by this development, and it is possible the Filter Station may not be able to function much longer under such pressure.
Donetsk Filter Station supplies water to the following settlements: Avdiivka, Kruta Balka, Vasylivka, Mineralne, Yakovlivka, Verkhniotoretske, part of Yasynuvata and western areas of Donetsk city, and it officially provides water in total to 345,309 people (December 2016 figures from Voda Donbasa).