Turkey Systematically Leaves Rojava Without Water

This report was published by ANF English on 5 August, 2020

Since May, Turkey has de facto turned off [water to] 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.