US State Department delegation to pressure Turkey over water crisis in Syria’s Hasakah

HASAKAH, Syria (North Press) – A US State Department delegation to Syria’s northeast said on Sunday that they would pressure the Turkish government to solve the water cutoff in Hasakah.

The delegation held an urgent meeting with officials from the Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) to discuss the water crisis in the region.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the US State Department in northern and eastern Syria, while the AANES delegation consisted of four representatives from the Drinking Water General Directorate, Health Directorate, Electricity Directorate, Hasakah Civil Council, and a representative from the IDP Camps around Hasakah.

A source who attended the meeting told North Press that the meeting focused on the water crisis, which started two weeks ago after Turkey cut off water by stopping the work of Alouk Water Station.

After negotiating the operation of 16 out of 30 wells in Alouk Water Station, the water has still not reached the city yet due to intermittent pumping and the fact that water reservoirs are not filled yet, according to the Water Directorate.

(Reporting by Mohammed Khier Ahmed)