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Dry conditions in Syria

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Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010.

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A sign is seen on the road to the city of Raqqa in the semi-desert region of eastern Syria November 11, 2010.

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A view of a water canal running from the Euphrates river into the semi-desert region of eastern Syria November 11, 2010. The ancient Inezi tribe of Syria reared camels in the sandswept lands north of the Euphrates river from the time of the Prophet Mohammad. Now water shortages have consigned that way of life to distant memory. Drought in the past five years has also killed 85 percent of livestock in eastern Syria, the Inezis' ancestral land. Up to half a million people have left the region in one of Syria's largest internal migrations since France and Britain carved the country out of the Ottoman Empire in 1920.