Water shortage adds to bubbling tensions between Turkey and Kurds in northeast Syria

Borzou Daragahi reports from Tal Abyad, Syria, where a battle over natural resources could provoke further conflict

Sunday 30 May 2021 15:35
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<p>Syrians in Tal Abyad protest against a weeks-long lack of electricity and water</p>

Syrians in Tal Abyad protest against a weeks-long lack of electricity and water

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No electricity means no air conditioning or refrigeration, no television, no radio, no videogames, no lights at night.

But a lack of electricity that has stretched for months also means no running water in this dusty, parched northern Syrian pocket, just as scorching late-spring temperatures herald the beginning of the sweltering summer.

That has exacerbated ongoing geopolitical tensions between the Turkish government, the Kurdish-led authorities and the Syrian regime, prompting concerns of another outbreak of armed conflict in the region.

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