Ethiopia dam is ‘declaration of war’: Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya

Sheikh Abdel-Akher Hammad calls on Egypt to defend its honour and oppose construction of Ethiopian dam

Ahram Online, Thursday 30 May 2013

Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam and the diversion of the Blue Nile is a declaration of war on Egypt, Sheikh Abdel-Akher Hammad of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Ethiopia began diverting the course of the Blue Nile, one of the Nile River’s two major tributaries, as part of its project to build a dam for electricity production.

Speaking on Al-Arabiya satellite channel, Hammad claimed the move would reduce Egypt’s water supply and damage national security.

“If such a war is forged against us, we are ready to fight and we will embark on it with all our strength to defend our honour,” asserted Hammad.

Diplomatic negotiations should be the first step, he added.

Hammad went on to say the crisis should have been dealt with by the Mubarak regime.

The Blue Nile provides Egypt with the lion’s share of its annual 55 billion cubic metres of river water.

According to the state-run National Planning Institute, Egypt will need an additional 21 billion cubic metres of water per year by 2050 – on top of its current quota of 55 billion metres – to meet the needs of a projected population of 150 million.

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2 Responses to Ethiopia dam is ‘declaration of war’: Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya

  1. hun Reply

    May 30, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    The Arabs in Egypt feel they have more right to use the Nile waters than its owners, the Ethiopians.They say they have historic right, but their history has nothing to do with that of the pharaohs, who are closer to Ethiopians. The Arabs have never stop their attempt to stop Ethiopians from using it. They even waged wars and had tried to occupy its sources but were beaten back many times by the great Ethiopian heroes. If the monkey above wants war again, let him come, he will learn his lessons.

  2. ABA_CHEGORA Reply

    May 31, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    THE IGNORANT SHEK SEEMS TO FORGET THAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT ETHIOPIA. Ethiopia HAS THE RIGHT TO USE THE NILE WITHOUT AFFECTING THE INTEREST OF SUDAN AND EGYPT.IF EGYPY EVER ATTEMPTS TO STRIKE THE DAM, IT WILL BE HIT AT ITS HEART.

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