The Turkish regime robs large quantities of the Syrian share of the Euphrates water

 The Euphrates River has witnessed a significant decrease in the water level during the past few days as a result of the Turkish regime robbing large quantities of river water and preventing it from flowing towards Syria.

The shortage of water has negatively affected the living and agricultural situation in the countryside of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.

The governor of Raqqa Abdul Razzaq Khalifa has stated: “The Turkish side has reduced water resources from the Euphrates River to Syria from 500 to 200 cubic meters per second in the recent period. This prevented the operation of the turbines to generate electricity in the Euphrates Dam in addition to irrigation water and drinking water.”

 The agreement signed with the Turkish side in 1987 stipulates that the water supply in the Euphrates River from Turkey to Syria should not be less than 500 cubic meters per second to operate the electricity turbines in the Euphrates Dam.

For his part, a member of the Executive Office of Deir Ezzor Governorate, Eng. Ziyad Al-Kazim, said: “ The significant and accelerating decline in the level of the Euphrates River has affected the citizens residing in villages and towns located in the northern countryside of the governorate and threaten the work of drinking water stations that derive their waters are from the riverbed. ”

In turn, the Head of the Farmers Union in Deir al-Zor warned of the dangers of dropping the river level in terms of stopping the water pumps on the river which irrigate agricultural lands.”

A number of Deir Ezzor residents expressed their fear that their agricultural crops will be affected.

Muhammad al-Ali, from Hatla in the Deir Ezzor countryside, said that the low water level caused problems in the transportation process due to the restriction of the ability of the water ferry to operate and its low capacity.

The Turkish regime prevented drinking water from the people of Hasakah repeatedly by stopping the pumping of water from the Aloukwater station.

O. al-Moh