Protests against retention of Euphrates water | People of Ain al-Arab countryside (Kobani) block joint Russian-Turkish patrol
SOHR activists have reported that people of the villages of the western countryside of Ain al-Arab (Kobani) prevented Russian and Turkish forces from running a new joint patrol, today, by cutting off roads with rocks and rubber tires, protesting the retention of the Euphrates River water from the regions of north-eastern Syria, by Turkey.
In late April, reliable sources told SOHR that the “Energy Board of the Euphrates region” adopted a new system of electricity rationing, decreasing the electricity operating hours in areas under the control of the Autonomous Administration, from Ain al-Arab (Kobani) and Sarin in Aleppo countryside to Ain Issa and Tel Abyad countryside in al-Raqqah countryside. According to the new system, these areas will experience power outages for 17 to 18 hours every day. Meanwhile, “Energy Board of the Euphrates region” attributed the decrease in the electricity operating hours to the ongoing water retention by Turkey, as Turkey has decreased the amount of water pumped to Syria via the Euphrates river.
It is worth noting that according to the agreement signed between Syria and Turkey in 1987 regarding the Euphrates River, Syria’s share of water coming from Turkey supposed to be 500 cubic meters per second (2500 barrels). However, less than 200 cubic meters of water now reaches Syria. SOHR sources reported the suspension of the majority of electrical turbines on the Euphrates Dam in al-Raqqah province, as the river water levels dropped to unprecedented levels