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Turkey: the submerged ruins of the ancient city of Hasankeyf reappear in the drought

Our Observer Süleyman Agalday filmed the recent developments in his town, Hasankeyf.
Our Observer Süleyman Agalday filmed the recent developments in his town, Hasankeyf. © France 24

Since February 2020, the old town of Hasankeyf has been submerged under the waters of the Tigris River, held downstream by the Ilisu dam — the flagship project of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

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Several major monuments of this 12,000-year-old historic site have been moved for preservation. But in recent weeks, a period of winter drought has lowered the water level, revealing the damage already caused by less than a year of submersion.For the already traumatized inhabitants, this was a new blow.