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Water-rich by Middle-Eastern standards, Turkey has in recent years undertaken an ambitious project to sell water from its Manavgat river across the region.

It is still vulnerable to shortages, however - just a few weeks after Turkey agreed to sell water to Israel, officials were warning of a water crisis.

Turkey has spent billions of dollars in the past decades building dams to increase its water reserves and boost its hydroelectric capabilities. But a number of projects, particularly the Ilisu and Yusefeli dams, have faced delays after several Western companies withdrew funding following bad publicity over human rights concerns.

Another project, a system of 22 dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, has provoked criticism from downstream neighbours Iraq and Syria.

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