Further in its aggression against Syria, the Turkish regime continues to rob the waters of the Euphrates River by seizing most of the amount of water that is supposed to flow into the river inside the Syrian territories, which represents a described crime represented in the cessation of electricity generation turbines in the Euphrates Dam and the sharp drop in the water level in Lake Al-Assad, which threatens An environmental and humanitarian disaster in terms of threatening agricultural and wild life and the scarcity of drinking water for hundreds of thousands of civilians living in the Euphrates Basin in the Syrian Jazira.
In statements to the SANA correspondent between the governor of Raqqa, Abdul Razzaq Khalifa, that “the Turkish regime’s act of reducing water supplies to Syria from the Euphrates River in recent days from 500 to 200 cubic meters per second prevented the operation of turbines to generate electricity in the Euphrates Dam and led to a decrease in the water availability of Irrigation water, drinking water and draining Lake al-Assad, ”pointing out that“ the control of the (Qasd) militia over the area in which the lake, the dam and other water facilities are located, and controlling its work irregularly, and excessive water extraction from the lake for use in generating electricity, irrigating crops and as a source of drinking water, has led to a significant decrease. The water levels in them foreshadow a serious environmental crisis.
The governor of Raqqa affirmed that “the robbery of the Turkish regime on a Syrian share of the Euphrates River constitutes a flagrant violation and a blatant violation of international law and the agreement signed between the Syrian and Turkish sides in 1987, which includes that the water supply in the Euphrates River from Turkey to Syria is not less than 500 cubic meters per second to operate Electricity turbines in the dam ”.
For his part, Subhi Al-Jasem, Director of Maintenance and Operation in the Middle Euphrates Project at the General Organization for Land Reclamation, said, “The Turkish regime’s encroachment on a Syrian share of the Euphrates River water that is incoming to it led to the operation of one turbine for a period of 6 hours per day only, which negatively affected the operation of the main irrigation station. For the Mughala project, which irrigates 6000 hectares, most of it from the wheat crop, which includes three basic pumping groups, one of which has stopped due to the low level of the river, ”adding that“ the weak runoff has also negatively affected the operation of the main pumping station in Raqqa, which irrigates 5,500 hectares of the governorate’s land and which is spread in it. Members of the (Qasd) militia, where the wheat crop there was severely damaged, especially that it is in the last phase of growth.
Raqqa Electricity Director Abdul Karim Al-Ali stated that “the Turkish regime's intention to reduce the Syrian share of the water coming in the course of the Euphrates River about 10 days ago led to the depletion of the water reserve in Lake Al-Assad as a result of the (SDF) militia compensating for the lack of water supply from the strategic systemic water reserve in The lake and its unfair exploitation in the generation and production of electricity and for irrigation purposes, although about 5 megawatts of electricity are supposed to be drawn per day, in which the priority is to feed water pumps for irrigation of crops, operating about 20 hours a day, taking care to meet the minimum needs of the private sector, not less than the electricity connection They have about 6 hours a day. "
The prevention of the flow of water in the Euphrates River towards Syria by the Turkish regime cast a dark shadow over the agricultural sector in the liberated countryside of the Raqqa governorate, according to the Director of Raqqa Agriculture, Muhammad al-Khathli, who confirmed that this sector “was affected by the decline in the water level in the Euphrates River, as the area of irrigated areas decreased from Land, especially in light of the current conditions with the onset of the summer season and the growing need for irrigation of crops, in particular the wheat crop, whose cultivated areas for this year exceeded 160,000 hectares, of which about 17,200 hectares are in the liberated countryside.
It is worth noting that the area of the liberated countryside from Raqqa governorate exceeds 6,500 square kilometers in which more than 200 thousand people live, especially in the suburbs and towns of Maadan, Al-Sabkha, Debsi Afnan, and the villages and their subordinate communities. Agricultural activity accounts for the largest share in securing the citizens' income and livelihood due to the nature of the land suitable for agriculture and the existence of irrigation projects. A mission in addition to the bed of the Euphrates River, which is an agricultural, economic, environmental and social lifeline, not only for Raqqa Governorate, but also for the Syrian Jazira region.