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Parched Jordan faces water crisis as Syrian refugees flood in | Reuters

A flood of Syrian refugees is threatening to turn Jordan’s chronic water shortage into a crisis, stoking tension among Jordanians already resentful of what they see as Syria’s unfair exploitation of shared water supplies.

Jordan has long accused neighbouring Syria of ignoring regional water sharing agreements, leaving most of the kingdom a virtual desert, but an influx of refugees fleeing Syria’s raging civil war is now straining its scant water resources to breaking point.

“First they (the Syrian government) take our water, then they force their people to flee to our country,” said Omar Khalil, a Jordanian farmer from the northern city of Irbid, near the border with Syria.

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