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Lebanon occupies an ambivalent location in the region when it comes to water matters.Historically the state of Israel has proven itself a notorious pilferer of water resources – whether piping water from Lebanon's Hasbani and Wazzani tributaries or draining the Palestinian aquifers.Drawing on interviews with Jordanian state officials – principally Water and Irrigation Minister Hazem al-Naser and ministry spokesman Omar Salameh – and a couple of residents who have resorted to illegal water usage, Khan frames Jordan's water scarcity problem, how that problem has been exacerbated by the number of Syrian refugees in the country and the state's efforts to fix the problem.As far as the economically marginal "water thieves" are concerned, the decision to take water informally stems from several causes.As the water thieves see it, the state must address water waste and corrupt billing practices before police can morally press charges against citizens for water theft.
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