Engineers ease water pressure on Tabqa dam despite IS shelling

Engineers from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the Tabqa dam (Photo: ANHA)

Water flows again from the Tabqa dam after maintenance opened the spillways relieving water pressure on the dam, Kurdish agency ANHA reported on Wednesday.

Engineers from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Syrian Red Crescent had been on the dam earlier during the day in order to inspect the spillways and ease the water pressure.

The maintenance group was shelled by Islamic State (IS) and had to halt work, Reuters reported, but were able to return to duty shortly after to finish their work. Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend had also stated the dam was not in any immediate danger.

IS media channels had claimed the Tabqa Dam near the city was under risk of being damaged by coalition airstrikes and thus posed a threat as it would flood villages in the area if destroyed. The Combined Joint Task Force of Operation Inherent Resolve, composed of the US military and coalition forces, had denied IS allegations.