The Dead River? How the waters of the Jordan run foul | CIHEAM Press Review |

As Syria’s farmers once again cultivate their lands, so the taps for irrigating crops are turned back on. But not everyone is happy.
For Jordan, Syria’s neighbour to the south, what is a dire water shortage problem could, with the end of the war, suddenly become worse.
The River Jordan, which rises on the slopes of Mt Hermon on the Syria-Lebanon border and flows 250km to end its journey emptying into the Dead Sea, is a vital source of water for the country which is named after it.
The trouble is that Syria – along with Israel and Jordan itself – has been taking vast amounts of water out of the river over the years.