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Water protests erupt in Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Much of the Middle East is suffering from water scarcity issues amid extremely high temperatures in the summer.

Residents protested a lack of water in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region on Wednesday, according to local media outlets. The demonstration came amid wider water access issues in the region.

Dozens of people in the Badawa neighborhood of the regional capital Erbil took to the streets to protest the lack of public water. The area has not had running water for several weeks and authorities declined to dig a new well to alleviate the issue, the Kurdish news outlet Rudaw reported. The protesters demanded the government address the water problem and many cannot afford to buy water from private vendors, according to the Kurdish outlet NRT.

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