Prospects for the Renaissance Dam… Is the “Qena massacre” the beginning of the water dispute in Egypt?

In a natural excretion of the water deficit that hits Egypt in conjunction with the water shortage crisis following the continuation of the Renaissance Dam in work despite Ethiopia’s inability to achieve the second filling, a dispute erupted between two families in one of the villages of Qena Governorate in Upper Egypt, due to the dispute over the priority of irrigation in light of the lack of a limit in the quantity The water that reaches them to cultivate their land.

The conflict that took place in the village of Abu Hizam between the families of “Al-Saadiya and Al-Awamer” resulted in the killing of “10” people, including two children, and the injury of seven others, including two children. Preliminary investigations revealed that the incident began on the morning of Wednesday, June 2, 2021 AD, with the killing of a person from one of the families of the village of Abu Hizam in the center of Najah Hammadi due to a dispute over the priority of irrigation of the land, then his relatives decided to take revenge from members of the other family and they carried weapons and when they learned that someone from the other side In a microbus coming from the city of Nagaa Hammadi, they waited for it at the entrance to the village and shot it, which resulted in a large number of victims and they fled.

The massacre, with its ugliness, can be repeated in several ways throughout Egypt, following expected disputes over the irrigation water of the agricultural lands on which about 40 million Egyptians live, with expectations that Egypt’s share of the Nile water will decline by about 20 to 25 million cubic meters, as Ethiopia continues to fill The dam is without agreement with Egypt and Sudan.

Ethiopian stubbornness

Ethiopian stubbornness and arrogance is faced with complete impotence on the part of the regime of dictator Abdel Fattah El-Sisi; This threatens to dry up and desert about half of Egypt and the Delta in the coming years, at a time when Addis Ababa continues its stubbornness and provocation by announcing the construction of 100 new dams on the Nile, insisting on declaring war against Egypt and Sudan.

On Monday, May 31, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abi Ahmed, pledged to build more than 100 small and medium dams; To ensure food security for the country, during the next fiscal year. He added during the opening ceremony of a new road, linking the country with Djibouti, that this is the only way to resist any forces opposing Ethiopia, according to the Ethiopian News Agency, “INA”.

Ahmed called on Ethiopians to unite to achieve such crucial ambitions and other development programs, claiming that Ethiopia will transform and prosperity will emerge in the coming years.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister criticized the (unnamed) voices recently heard against Ethiopia, saying that they are not based on real facts and aim to undermine the country’s long-term diplomatic relations on the world stage, referring to the position of Egypt and Sudan regarding the Renaissance Dam crisis.

military bases

At the level of the Ethiopian political escalation, the military escalation also continued, as the spokesman for the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, “Dina Al-Mufti” revealed his country’s intention to establish military bases in the Red Sea, at a time when the dispute over the Renaissance Dam was exacerbated amid talks about the possibility of resorting to the military option.

This came during a press conference held by the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman in the capital, Addis Ababa. Mufti added that “different countries are showing interest in controlling the Red Sea region by establishing military bases more than ever before.” He explained that his country pays great attention to this issue, noting that the situation is changing in the region, describing it as “worrying.”

On the concern of Egypt and Sudan after Prime Minister Abi Ahmed recently announced that he would build 100 new small and medium dams, Mufti replied that “as long as his country is committed to international law, what is the problem if the sovereign on his lands says we will build 100 or 1,000 new dams.” .

He continued, “Talks with the Nile Basin countries on the issue of the Renaissance Dam are continuing,” noting that “Ethiopia is using its natural resources, and it will not harm them.” The spokesman did not specify the exact location of the military base, but two years ago, media reports revealed the same information and added that the base would be off the coast of Djibouti.

While Egypt was satisfied with the diplomatic response, saying that this statement once again reveals “Ethiopia’s bad faith and its dealings with the Nile and other international rivers that it shares with neighboring countries as if they were internal rivers subject to its sovereignty and harnessed to serve its interests.”

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