Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of using water as weapon of war

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SDF fighters take position on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in southwestern Kobane during clashes with ISIS militants. File photo: ARA News

ARA News

A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Monday accused Turkey of cutting of the water of the Euphrates River, causing a drop in water levels in the Kurdish town of Kobane and in Tabqa.

“The Turkish government cut off the waters of the Al-Furat [Euphrates] River, causing a significant drop in the Tishreen Dam [near Kobane] and the dam of the Al-Tabqa [in Raqqa province],” said Abdulkarim Omer, the head of foreign relations for the Cezire Canton of Rojava.

According to the Kurdish Hawar agency, this is the first time in 17 years that the water level has been dramatically reduced in both the Tishreen Dam (Rojava lake) and Tabqa Dam.

“The Turkish authorities deliberately cut off the Euphrates River from the Syrian territory. The Euphrates River’s water level in the Tishreen Dam, Tabqa and the entire riverbed reduced to about 4 to 5 meters from its natural level,” it said.

Turkey cut off the water flow from the Atatürk Dam to Syria. As a result, the water was completely cut off from the city of Kobane over the past few days.

The water levels were significantly reduced affecting the electricity supplied to Kobane and the surrounding villages.

Kurdish officials warn that the cutting of water will lead to disastrous humanitarian impact on the local agriculture, electricity and water supply of a large part of north Syria.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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