Manbij residents call on international community to take action against water cuts
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Despite warnings of the possible consequences, as well as the deal made in 1987 with Syria and Iraq, Turkey continues to cut the water supply into Syria.
Turkey currently provides Syria with only 200 cubic metres of water per second instead of the 500 cubic metres per second stipulated by the agreement. For this reason, there has been a serious decrease in the water provided by the dams and many villages now have no access to fresh water.
Residents of Manbij called on the international community to take action against these water cuts. Reşîd El-Ehmed outlined the struggle against Turkey’s actions. “Turkey has been attacking us since the first day of the Syrian crisis. However, despite these attacks, the Autonomous Administration continues to exist together with the people.”
Ehmed thinks that Turkey is targeting agriculture and economics in their region. “Turkey cut off the water, which is our main resource. The international community should stop the crimes of Turkey in this regard. The flow of the Euphrates water should not be cut,” he said.
Turkey weaponizes water against northeast Syria: Raqqa Civil Council
2021-04-29 1 minute read
RAQQA, Syria (from North Press – npasyria.com/ )
On Thursday, the Raqqa Civil Council said that Turkey is using water as a weapon to blackmail and put pressure on the Autonomous Administration of North and East in Syria (AANES).
In a statement, the Council said that Turkey’s use of water as a weapon against the region came after the failure of the military intervention to achieve its goals, and that this action falls within the Turkish hostile policy towards the region.
The statement referred to the international agreements on the equitable distribution of water between countries through which rivers pass, and to the 1987 agreement signed between Syria and Turkey.
The statement warned of disaster consequences for the region, especially for the agricultural sector, and large areas of agricultural lands to be out of service if the water of the Euphrates River continues to be hold from flowing towards Syrian territory.
The statement also denounced the ongoing Turkish violations against the region, and demanded the international organizations and the countries involved in the Syrian issue to assume their responsibilities and push the Turkish government to stop its practices against the Syrian people.
Earlier today, Hammoud Hamadin, official at Tishrin Dam, warned of a “humanitarian disaster” with the summer here, as a result of the drinking water cuts, food insecurity in the areas along the banks of the river, the inability to irrigate crops, and the power cut-offs.
For more than three months, Turkey has limited the flow of the Euphrates into Syria, depriving large numbers of people of usable water. Turkey reduced the flow of water from the Euphrates River into northeast Syria’s dam gradually, reducing the amount of water received to unprecedented lows.
Turkey keeps water in six dams, the largest of which is Ataturk Dam, the second largest in the Middle East, with a storage capacity of 48 billion m³, violating the international agreement they signed with Syria in 1987 which stated that Syria’s share of water coming from Turkey is 500 m³ per second.
The water flow to the Euphrates River is now limited to less than 200 cubic meters, according to the General Administration of Dams in Northeastern Syria.
Reporting by Ammar Abdullatif