Turkey systematically leaves Rojava without water

Three months ago, the Turkish water authority had massively reduced the flow of the Euphrates. The agricultural sector in northern Syria, which depends on irrigation, is suffering massive damage.

Since May, Turkey has de facto turned off Rojava and northern Syria. This is easily possible due to the systematically expanded GAP dam network and is repeatedly used by the Turkish government as a means of exerting pressure. According to the Water Administration of North and East Syria, the region lost about 14 billion cubic meters of water due to the dam. This not only affects the drinking water supply and irrigation of the fields, but also, and especially, the production of electricity in the region.

Water as a weapon is systematically used against the autonomous region of North and East Syria. Last year, for example, Turkey suddenly opened the sluices and flooded large areas of northern Syria.