66 percent of Gaza suffers from water-borne diseases - EQA

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GAZA – On Thursday, the Palestinian Environment Quality Authority (EQA) said that 66 percent of the people of the Gaza Strip suffer from water-borne diseases, such as cholera, chronic diarrhea, and intestinal diseases, due to the lack of drinkable water and the closure of all desalination plants as a result of the ongoing Israeli aggression.اضافة اعلان

“The Israeli occupation’s bombing of sewage lines and their flooding had led to a health and environmental catastrophe, especially the Sheikh Radwan pond [in Gaza City], which has reached a critical level due to the accumulation of rainwater and the leakage of wastewater into it,” the authority said, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Furthermore, the EQA confirmed that the Israeli occupation’s aggression caused the uprooting of about 50,000 trees and the bulldozing of thousands of dunams of agricultural land, nurseries, and home gardens, which led to increased desertification, loss of biodiversity, deterioration of soil quality, and increased carbon dioxide emissions.

It stated that it aims to expose Israel's environmental crimes, as the aggression is not only a humanitarian disaster but also works to destroy environmental components through the accumulation of solid and medical waste, the generation of carbon emissions, and their negative impact on climate change, as well as the lack of potable water due to the shutdown of desalination plants and other environmental issues.

It urged the international community to react immediately in response to the enormous environmental problems, as well as to take immediate action to safeguard the environment and address the environmental harm caused by Israeli aggression. 

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