Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
TO GO WITH FEATURE BC-MIDEAST-WATER.
TO GO WITH FEATURE BC-MIDEAST-WATER - The Qotaina lake near the northern Syrian city of Homs sits exposed with a declining water level because of a shortage of rains. Arabs in the levant are gazing across their parched hills for signs of the winter clouds that will decide if they suffer another year of drought.The Barrada river that feeds Damascus is a barely-discernible trickle. Jordan, already pumping more water than can be replaced in good years, has tightened rationing. Israel declared an emergency earlier this year.