Despite warnings of the possible consequences, as well as the deal made in 1987 with Syria and Iraq, Turkey continues to cut the water supply into Syria.
Turkey currently provides Syria with only 200 cubic metres of water per second instead of the 500 cubic metres per second stipulated by the agreement. For this reason, there has been a serious decrease in the water provided by the dams and many villages now have no access to fresh water.
Residents of Manbij called on the international community to take action against these water cuts. Reşîd El-Ehmed outlined the struggle against Turkey’s actions. “Turkey has been attacking us since the first day of the Syrian crisis. However, despite these attacks, the Autonomous Administration continues to exist together with the people.”
Ehmed thinks that Turkey is targeting agriculture and economics in their region. “Turkey cut off the water, which is our main resource. The international community should stop the crimes of Turkey in this regard. The flow of the Euphrates water should not be cut,” he said.