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Lingering drought threatens Holy Lands waters

Sagarica

people enjoy a spring water pool along the Dead Sea shore near the Israeli Kibbutz of Ein Gedi. Israel is heading into its fifth consecutive year of drought, putting three celebrated biblical bodies of water at risk, on November 24, 2017. Photo: AP
people enjoy a spring water pool along the Dead Sea shore near the Israeli Kibbutz of Ein Gedi. Israel is heading into its fifth consecutive year of drought, putting three celebrated biblical bodies of water at risk, on November 24, 2017. Photo: AP

Lingering drought threatens Holy Land’s waters

JERUSALEM: As Israel heads into its fifth consecutive year of drought, the Sea of Galilee stands at a century low, much of the Jordan River is a fetid trickle and the Dead Sea is rapidly shrinking.

The biblical bodies of waters — pilgrimage sites for baptisms and beach parties alike — are crucial to the survival and stability of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians. But more and more of the river the ancient Israelites crossed to enter the Holy Land is drying up — the result of climate change, growing populations and the increasing use of its water for agriculture.

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