Using Water as a Weapon in Syria

MIN READAug 11, 2015 | 09:00 GMT

The Tabqa Dam, Syria.

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Years of vicious warfare and a lack of investment and maintenance have taken a severe toll on water infrastructure across Syria. The conflict's scale made it inevitable that piped water would either be intermittent or simply unavailable across vast regions. Syrians have had to adapt as best as possible, relying on wells, bottled or trucked-in water, or even untreated river water. Though humanitarian organizations seek to provide clean water, much of the population still has limited access to clean water supplies. Unsurprisingly, disease is spreading as people are increasingly exposed to water-borne pathogens....

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