Barada bär´ədə [key], ancient Abana ăb´ənə [key], river, 52 mi (84 km) long, rising in the Anti-Lebanon Mts. and flowing S to marshy Lake Al Utaybah, SE Syria forms the Ghutah oasis, site of the city of Damascus. The Barada's waters have been used for irrigation for centuries fruit orchards, wheat, and vineyards thrive there. Two dams on the Barada generate hydroelectricity and store water for irrigation. See Abana .

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