Iran ‘Promises to Increase River Flow into Iraq”

Iranian officials have promised to allow more water to flow down the Wand River [Alwand River, Hulwan River] into Iraq from Monday, according to AKnews on Sunday.

Salam Abdullah, the spokesman for a group of campaigning water activists said: “Iran has promised to completely open the flow of the river by Monday.” It is not clear whether the deal is official or verbal.

Activists from Khanaqin [Hanekin, Xanaqin] and the surrounding area in Diyala province launched a campaign of direct action, blocking traffic at the Iran border three times since July 10. They are motivated by desperation at the water situation, which has seen the river – the main source of irrigation in the area – dry up shortly after entering Iraq.

After compiling a petition for Iranian officials and getting no response, the campaigners began using more direct means to achieve their aims. Most recently, yesterday the activists stopped 60 oil tankers from crossing into Iran and earlier in the month they succeeded in blocking Iranian pilgrims from traveling to the holy city of Karbala.

(Source: AKnews)

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