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Syrian Authorities Cut off Israel Settlement from Water Supply

Syrian authorities have cut off an Israeli settlement, Kibbutz Shamir, in Upper Galilee from water supplied to the kibbutz under a two-year-old agreement negotiated by the Israel-Syrian Mixed Armistice Commission it was reported here today.

The agreement provided that the stream, which is inside Syrian territory, is diverted into the settlement’s water system each night and that during the day it is sent through an irrigation system used by both the settlement and Arab rice growers in the region. The blocking off of the Israeli water line has caused the water to flow on unused.

It was also reported that the Israelis are considering what action to take in reply to the Syrian move.