Water cutoff a systematic war by Turkey: tribal leader from Syria’s Hasakah

SHADDADI, Syria (North Press) – “Cutting the water from Alouk station is a systematic war waged by Turkey against the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria amid Arabic and international silence,” Munaf al-Raja, a notable from the al-Fadel tribe in the city of Shaddadi, south of Hasakah, told North Press.  

In an exclusive statement to North Press, al-Raja called on Arab countries to define their attitude about the Turkish intervention in Syria and the water cutoff.

Neither the Arab League nor any of the Arab countries issued an official attitude on Turkey’s cutting off water from the city of Hasakah in northeastern Syria, but it limited to posts by many Syrian and Arab artists on their social media pages.

“Turkey is doing this under the watch of the international community and humanitarian organizations that do not move to impose pressure on Turkey,” al-Raja said.  

 “The Turkish president claims Islam, but a Muslim does not cut off water to his neighbor,” he added.  

Al-Raja called on the United Nations and humanitarian organizations to force Turkey to stop cutting water and not to interfere in Syrian affairs.  

Turkey cut off water from the Alouk station in Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) countryside on August 13 for the 8th time, according to the Water Directorate in Hasakah.

Although Alouk station was restarted, “the water reaching the reservoirs of Hammeh station northwest of Hasakah is little, and does not meet the needs of the population,” Nidal Mahmoud, co-chair of the Water Directorate in Hasakah told North Press earlier.  

Reporting by Bassem al-Shuweikh