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Ethiopia: Rumors of Water War on the Nile?

“If it comes to a crisis, we will send a jet to bomb the dam and come back in one day, simple as that.” - Egyptian Officials
“If it comes to a crisis, we will send a jet to bomb the dam and come back in one day, simple as that.” – Egyptian Officials

By Prof. Alemayehu G Mariam,

Late last month, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid Bin Sultan fired a shot across the bow from the Arab Water Council in Cairo to let the regime in Ethiopia know that his country takes a dim view of the “Grand Renaissance Dam” under “construction” on the Blue Nile (Abbay) a few miles from Sudan’s eastern border.

According to Prince Khalid, “The [Grand] Renaissance dam has its capacity of flood waters reaching more than 70 billion cubic meters of water… [I]f it collapsed Khartoum will be drowned completely and the impact will even reach the Aswan Dam…” The Prince believes the Dam is being built close to the “Sudanese border for political plotting rather than for economic gain and constitutes a threat to Egyptian and Sudanese national security…”  Continue reading Ethiopia: Rumors of Water War on the Nile?