Once Iraq’s Venice, Basra’s waters have now turned deadly

Al-Ashar River, is seen filled with sewage and trash, runs through in the old city of Basra, Iraq September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Once dubbed the “Venice of the Middle East” for its canals, Iraq’s crumbling port city of Basra is slowly dying of thirst. Crisscrossed waterways that earned it comparisons with the Italian city are now filthy pools of stagnant water. Its vibrant freshwater lifeline, the Shatt-al-Arab river that runs through it, is […]

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