Riha / Urfa / Şanlıurfa

Urfa, officially known as Şanlıurfa (pronounced [ʃanˈlɯuɾfa]; Kurdish: Riha‎) ; Ուռհա Uṙha in Armenian, and known in ancient times as Edessa, is a city in North Kurdistan / southeastern Turkey, and the capital of Şanlıurfa Province.

Urfa was conquered repeatedly throughout history, and has been part of a great many civilisations. It’s wider region includes excavation sites of some of the very first settlements in human history.

With 561,465 inhabitants, Urfa is a diverse city with Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian and Arab residents.

Jurist: Appeal to International Courts Last Option if Turkey Keeps Reducing Euphrates water

Human rights defender, Hassan Mustafa asserted that friendly countries, the signatories of the Helsinki agreement, and the guarantors of the 1987 agreement, should force the Turkish state to change its policy towards the region. "we are going to resort to the international courts if Turkey continues to reduce the water level of the Euphrates River," he added.