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Iraq insurgents use water as weapon after seizing dam

FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - Insurgents in Iraq have added water to their arsenal of weapons after seizing control of a dam in the west of the country that enables them to flood certain areas and prevent security forces from advancing against them. The dam helps distribute water from the Euphrates river on its course through the western province of Anbar, and is located some 5 km south of the city of Falluja, which was overrun by militants early this year.

Syria hit by typhoid outbreak: WHO

A rebel-held area of Syria has been hit by an outbreak of typhoid after power cuts hit water supplies and forced the population to turn to the Euphrates River, the UN's health agency warned Tuesday. Tarik Jasarevic, spokesman for the World Health Organisation, told AFP that some 2,500 people had caught the disease in the country's northeast. "They don't have access to clean water, or electricity to work their pumps, so they draw water from the river," he said.

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SYRIAN REBELS TAKE CONTROL OF COUNTRY'S LARGEST HYDRO-ELECTRIC DAM ON EUPHRATES RIVER - ACTIVISTS

URGENT ¥¥¥ Rebels seize Syria's largest dam: watchdog

Rebels on Monday seized control of the largest dam in Syria, a vital barrier along the Euphrates River in the northern province of Raqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "The rebels took control of the dam, which is still in operation. They are guarding both entrances but have forbidden the fighters from staying inside for fear the regime will bomb it," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. bur-am/bpz
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