A Syrian man sits on a portable tank as he fills a container with water in Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, in Mafraq, Jordan October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Jordan said Monday it had chosen five international consortiums to build the first phase of a multi-million-dollar canal linking the Red Sea to the shrinking Dead Sea.The ambitious $1.1 billion project has been in the works for more than a decade and aims to provide much-needed water to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories.Its degradation started in the 1960s when Israel, Jordan and Syria began to divert water from the Jordan River, the main source for the Dead Sea.
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