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Syria’s bread basket lies empty

Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria is facing a water and bread crisis that is likely to become even worse during the month of Ramadan.
A farmer ploughs a wheat field in the countryside of the northeastern city of Qamishli, on Sept. 18, 2021.

The villages of Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria are losing access to basic necessities such as bread and water. 

The province, which lies along the Euphrates River, was long considered the bread basket of Syria. These days, its residents are battling hunger and thirst. Water is cut off for long periods, and in many villages and towns, the hours stretch into days.

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