Mil­i­tants curb wa­ter sup­ply

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Is­lamic State mil­i­tants have re­duced the amount of wa­ter f low­ing to gov­ern­ment-held ar­eas in west­ern Iraq’s An­bar prov­ince, an of­fi­cial said.

The re­duced flow of wa­ter through the mil­i­tan­theld dam on the Euphrates River will threaten ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems and wa­ter treat­ment plants in nearby ar­eas con­trolled by troops and tribes op­posed to the Sunni ex­trem­ist group, pro­vin­cial coun­cil mem­ber Taha Ab­dul-Ghani said.

Ab­dul-Ghani said there would be no im­me­di­ate ef­fect on Shi­ite Mus­lim ar­eas in cen­tral and south­ern Iraq, which get their wa­ter from the Ti­gris River.

Mean­while, United Na­tions of­fi­cials ur­gently called for $497 mil­lion in dona­tions to pro­vide shel­ter, food, wa­ter and other life-sav­ing ser­vices for the next six months to Iraqis dis­placed or af­fected by the fight­ing be­tween gov­ern­ment forces and the Is­lamic State group.

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