Unprecedented scenes of receding waters of Euphrates River

Millions of Syrians continue to suffer as a result of the Turkish occupation state's cutting off water of the Euphrates River, in clear violation of international agreements on sharing rivers' water shares between countries.

 Kobane - Zana Sidi

Aerial footage taken by our correspondent of the course of the Euphrates River, west of Kobani, shows a terrifying and unprecedented drop in the water level, 3 months after the Turkish occupation state reduced Syria's share of the longest and most important rivers in the country.

In a rare case, and as a result of the reduction in the width of the Euphrates River, a number of villages of “Qumalg Plain” submerged in the nineties of the twentieth century appeared again when the river’s course expanded at that time, following the construction of the second largest dam in Syria on the river “Rojava Dam (Tishreen)”.

Turkey ignores the agreement concluded with Syria and Iraq in 1987, which stipulates pumping the Euphrates water into the Syrian territories at a quantity of 500 cubic meters per second, and Iraq gets 60% of that amount, as it pumps about 200 cubic meters per second since January 27 this year.

Lowering the water level threatens the lives of millions of Syrians who depend on the river as a main source of drinking water, and leads millions of people to starvation, as water is cut off to thousands of hectares of farmland in the Euphrates basin.

In parallel, the decrease in the water level affects the dams in generating electricity and feeding the regions with power, not to mention its effect on the fish wealth, as the decrease led to the death of large quantities of fish and organisms in the river.

On March 3, the Autonomous Administration had warned of a "humanitarian catastrophe as a result of the Turkish state’s tampering with the water levels of the Euphrates River," and that this "poses a threat to 9 million people living near it and on its banks."

Earlier, the management of dams in North and East Syria called on the international community and human rights organizations to intervene and "stop Turkish barbaric practices and blackmailing" with regard to water.



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