Turkey donated hydraulic equipment worth $1.2 million to the government of Niger. The equipment include a drilling rig, two support trucks, and other services, said Barmou Salifou, the landlocked Western African country's water and sanitation minister, during the handover ceremony.
"Turkey has been supporting Niger's water and sanitation sector for nearly a decade. The support began with the realization of water infrastructure in the Maradi region under the supervision of a group of NGOs in 2008," Salifou said. The aid was realized through a project supervised by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), which has built over 258 drinking water wells fitted with pumps, mainly in the Maradi, Dosso, Tillabery, and Niamey regions, Salifou added.
In its latest move, Turkey is in line with the 2008 Turkey-Africa Summit held in Istanbul, said Huseyin Ozdemir, Turkey's ambassador to Niger. “At the summit, Turkey adopted a strategic document for Africa, and a steering committee in charge of coordinating the strategy was set up with the participation of the ministries of forests and other relevant state bodies,” Ozdemir added. "Climate change and recurrent droughts have affected water resources in many African countries, including Niger," he added.
At least 25 civilians have been killed on Wednesday in fresh airstrikes conducted by Russian and Assad regime warplanes in East of Aleppo, according to Syrian Civil Defense. The second largest city of the war-torn Syria has been facing intense airstrikes, especially in the opposition-held areas, that killed hundreds of civilians and left remaining inhabitants without water and electricity.
Babiris Meshal from the Syrian Civil Defense said that Russian jets hit civil areas in opposition-held al-Ferdos neighborhood with penetrating bombs. "The fighter jets had conducted 25 airstrikes earlier this morning,” the SCD representative said. More than 45 people were also wounded as the bombs destroyed a medical facility in the city, according to SCD.
Meshal said that Russian fighter jets have intensified their bombing in the last two days. “Russian had pounded more than 30 penetrating bombs on the area yesterday,” he added. A total of 43 people had reportedly been killed by the Russian forces on Wednesday while more than 80 others were injured in different areas of Aleppo.
Three civilians were killed when two bombings rocked Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday, according to a security source.
Baghdad Police Colonel Salem al-Numaan told Anadolu Agency that the first bomb had gone off near a crowded market in southern Baghdad's Al-Mahmudiya district, killing two civilians and injuring nine others.
Security forces and ambulances had quickly rushed to the scene and cordoned off adjacent streets, al-Numaan said.
In a separate incident, the police officer said, a third civilian was killed in eastern Baghdad's Sadr City district by an explosive device planted in his vehicle.
There has been no claim of responsibility for Wednesday's violence, but such attacks are typically blamed on the Daesh terrorist group, which overran vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq in 2014.