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A river, about 400 km (250 mi) long, flowing through Lebanon, Syria, and southern Turkey to the Mediterranean Sea. It is used extensively for irrigation.


(Placename) a river in SW Asia, rising in Lebanon and flowing north through Syria into Turkey, where it turns west to the Mediterranean. Length: 571 km (355 miles). Arabic name: `Asi


(ɔˈrɒn tiz, oʊˈrɒn-)

a river in W Asia, flowing N from Lebanon through Syria and Turkey to the Mediterranean. 250 mi. (405 km) long.
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That is the Orontes, and it is the only water in sight, with the exception of the Mediterranean, which stretches, like a broad mirror, about twelve miles off to the southward.
Rafting and kayaking clubs are also suffering the same fate, after several years of booming conditions on the picturesque Orontes River, according to Ali Abdini, the owner of the Laurant club.
He said tanks and military units including paratroopers and special forces were seen moving to the central Orontes Square from the south, accompanied by militia known as 'shabbiha'.
Ten people have been killed EoAC" nine by gunfire from security forces and one murdered and then thrown into the river Orontes EoAC" and more than 35 others wounded," Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said.
While Damascus is seeking to build a joint dam and lake with Turkey on the estuary of the Orontes, the agreement to build a joint dam on the Orontes's headwaters with Lebanon has been hindered for decades.
6 for the Orontes - and this at a time when the ponies would have needed more water because of very high temperatures.
The road often features heavy traffic Sundays, as hundreds of families return from weekends spent on the Orontes River further north.
The soldiers fled across the Orontes River, which forms a natural frontier along the Turkish-Syrian border, some in rowboats and others swimming.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the body of one of those killed in Tuesday's assault had been dumped in the Orontes (Assi) river in Hama, which is famous for its ancient watermills.
The participants in the stand, which was held in the Orontes Square in the city of Hama, expressed their faith in the ability of the Syrian army in achieving victory and repelling terrorism.
The decision to commit significant forces to retaking Qusair marks the beginning of a new, more realistic strategy by the regime to hold all territory west of the Orontes River.