Turkey continues to reduce water supplies to Northern and Eastern Syria
Turkey is required to release 500 cubic meters of water per second from the Euphrates River to Syria in accordance with international agreements. However, it has reduced this rate to below 200 cubic meters to destabilize Northern and Eastern Syria.
In addition to its military operations against Northern and Eastern Syria, Turkey is violating international agreements over the water of the Euphrates River. Turkey sees Kurds as a threat and wants to destabilize the region by reducing the supplies of water.
Turkey, which has not fulfilled the requirements of the international agreement signed between Iraq, Syria and Turkey on 17 July 1987, is required to release 500 cubic meters of water per second to Syria. However, it has reduced this rate to less than 200 cubic meters per second.
The reduction in water supplies means, among other things, the spreading of various diseases. The open violation of the right to water also makes life difficult in many areas such as electricity production and agricultural activities.
In addition to Raqqa, Deir Ez-Zor, Kobanê and Manbij, also Aleppo, Syria's largest city, is affected by water shortages in the river basin of the Euphrates.
The Autonomous Administration have criticized the government of Damascus for not reacting to the reduction of water from the Euphrates River and for keeping silent about the crimes against Syrian citizens, but it has also called on the international community to put pressure on Turkey and prevent further crimes which will badly affect both the people and the economic situation of the region.