Al Hawl / Al Hol

During the conflict in Syria, al-Hawl was seized by Islamic State forces, becoming one of the major IS strongholds in North and East Syria. On 13 November 2015, al-Hawl was liberated by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). It is currently the home of a large camp where ISIS members and their families are being held.

Turkey blocks flow of Euphrates, rendering 9 water stations in NE Syria inoperative

Turkey's decision to cut off the flow of water in the Euphrates River has resulted in nine water pumping stations in northern Syria being out of service, exacerbating the region's water crisis.