Turkey use of water as a weapon

A worldwide call from the people of Hesseke (Rojava, NE #Syria):

We have been contacted by Gulistan, a woman from Hesseke to spread her call for solidarity in Arabic and English for the whole world. Since more than 10 days the Turkish proxies controlling the allouk water station are cutting the water from the cities and region of Hesseke and Tel Tamir! More than a million of people are at risk!

“To all relevant international organizations and agencies,
To the whole world,
To everyone who cares about humanity,
Hesseke right now is facing a terrible situation due to cutting of water for more than ten days, by Turkey and its proxies, who are controlling Rass-El Ein (Serekaniye) and all the countryside nearby, where Alouk water station is located. This station is the only source of drinkable water for the whole Tel Tamer and Hesseke region. In addition, Hesseke is suffering from the shortage of Electricity, gas, bread and high prices of daily running costs…

In this bad weather with very high temperature in one hand, and the Corona pandemic in the other hand, it makes the life of more than a million of people in danger and risks.
In those difficult circumstances we have to spread emergency call to the whole world to interfere and contribute to save the life of civilians, and consider Hesseke as a truly afflicted city.

Turkey use of water as a weapon:

In the recent months, Turkey has intensified its pressure on North-Eastern Syria using water as a weapon. It is a major attack that is already causing a major environmental and human crisis and affects mezopotamia as a whole!

If it would continue like this, there is good chance that the whole mezopotamia, rich of its thousand years of history, would turn into a desert…

Examples of Turkish attacks are:
➡ Cutting the water flow from the Euphrates river:
With their dams, it is estimated that Turkey has the potential to cut the water of the river for 3 years completely. Already now, as the water has been drastically reduced for some weeks, it has a dramatic effect on the agriculture in North-Eastern Syria as well as on the nature. The water of the Euphrates has never been so low in human history!
➡ Cutting the Allouk water Station:
The Allouk water station that gives water to the whole Hesseke / Tel Tamir region is situated in the invaded region of Serekaniye (Rass-El Ein) and the water is regularly cut for days and weeks. Now it is the 10th time that the Turkish proxies cut the water, letting more than a million people without water for more than 10 days already. The only way to give water to the people is to bring in by thousands of water tankers to all neighborhoods of Hesseke. Because the Turkish proxies also never let enough pressure to go out of the station, it doesn’t allow the water depots of Hesseke to fill in all neighborhood which means that some of them have been cut from water for months!
➡ Reducing the water from the Tigris river:
The Turkish state also reduce the level of the Tigris river, another big source of water for agriculture for Rojava. The river is the border between Syria and Turkey and Turkey also prevents locals to use the water or install channels or pumps by shooting at them from the border. While the Turkish side (or should we say the under occupation North Kurdistan) of the river is lush green, the Syrian side is yellow-brown…
➡ Polluting rivers:
The Turkish proxies are also polluting streams in the invaded areas of Serekaniye and Gire Spî, making the water undrinkable for the regions downstream…

Together with Gulistan and the people of Hesseke, and in general with all people of North-East Syria, we call on international solidarity.