Water stations in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor stop as Turkey continues seizing Euphrates

DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria (North Press) – On Sunday, two drinking water stations have become out of service in Deir ez-Zor countryside, east Syria, as a result of the severe decreasing level of the Euphrates River due to the Turkish seizure of its water.

“Both al-Busayrah station, east Deir ez-Zor, and as-Sa’wa, west Deir ez-Zor, have become out of service due to the decreasing water level of Euphrates River,” Muhammad al-Najdi, official of water stations in Deir ez-Zor civil council, said.

“All drinking water stations and those of cultivation associations will stop if Turkey continues to seize Euphrates water,” he told North Press.  

There are nine water stations in the city of Deir ez-Zor and 38 in the eastern countryside in addition to seven stations in the northern countryside and six others in the western countryside.

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 Anwar al-Midan/ Ghaleb al-Howaidi 

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