65% of water wells in Gaza have been destroyed by Israel — Euro-Med

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GENEVA – In a statement, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor expressed that the catastrophic lack of accessible clean water in Gaza City and the northern areas of the Gaza Strip as a result of Israel’s cutting off of the water supply in the Strip, deliberately bombing water sources and wells, and insufficient fuel for water facilities, has subjected Palestinians to a horrifying tragedy akin to a death sentence.اضافة اعلان

According to the Palestinian Water Authority, the ongoing Israeli attacks have destroyed the water infrastructure in the strip, including at least 65 percent of the water wells in Gaza City and the northern areas. Residents in the strip are currently forced to drink unclean well water, Euro-Med stated, resulting in spreading transmitted and infectious diseases.

Under international pressure, Israel has allowed the daily entry of 100 aid trucks via the Rafah crossing. This marks a significant reduction from the previous average of 500 trucks entering the strip prior to October 7, 2023. However, Israeli occupation authorities continue to impose tight restrictions on aid entry into the strip, particularly in the northern areas and Gaza City. This includes the fuel essential for running water and sanitation facilities, exacerbating the situation.

According to Euro-Med Monitor, Alian Fares Abdel-Ghani, a73-year-old resident of the Jabalia Refugee camp in northern Gaza, revealed that residents are forced to drink salted water, crucial for daily survival but difficult to obtain, adding that Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) destroyed the camp’s two desalination plants. Abdul-Ghani further mentioned that the price of a gallon of water increased from one Israeli shekel to four shekels due to Israeli airstrikes and the lack of fuel needed to operate other stations located farther from the camp.

Water shortage threatens to cause health crisis as diseases spread
The human rights organization warned that excessive consumption of undrinkable salt water will lead to high blood pressure, kidney disease, a heightened risk of stroke, as well as intestinal, and stomach diseases. Consumption of untreated water could lead to an imbalance in the body’s salt content, causing dehydration. Children and elderly are the most vulnerable due to weakened immune systems, increasing the potential for gastrointestinal infections to cause fatalities.

Moreover, In December, Euro-Med Monitor conducted a study that included a sample of 1,200 people in the strip in order to assess the impact of the humanitarian crisis on residents. According to the study, 66 percent reported experiencing diarrhea, skin rashes, or intestinal diseases. The study revealed that the rate of water access in the Strip, covering drinking, bathing, and cleaning water, stands at just 1.5 liters per person per day, falling 15 liters below the minimum amount of water necessary for survival according to international standards.

Euro-Med Monitor stressed that international humanitarian law prohibits attacks, destruction, or disruption of vital facilities crucial for civilians survival, such as drinking water facilities and networks, emphasizing that international humanitarian law strictly forbids the use of starvation as a weapon, and as an occupying power, Israel is obligated to provide basic needs and protection to the Palestinian residents in the strip.

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