IN GAZA ~~ FIRST THERE WAS NO WATER, NOW IT’S UNDRINKABLE

In addition to the poor quality of water, only a quarter of households receive running water every day, during several hours only.
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Israel blocks vital water disinfection equipment from entering Gaza

Ali Abunimah  
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A Palestinian boy waits near a water purification station to fill up bottles of potable water, in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip, on 11 July 2012.

 (Ashraf Amra / APA images)

*Israel has blocked the international development organization Oxfam from bringing vital equipment into the Gaza Strip to help make drinking water safe.

“The blockade on Gaza prevented Oxfam’s public health programme bringing in a chlorometer to help get right chlorine levels to clean water,” Ben Phillips, the organization’sCampaigns and Policy Director tweeted from Gaza today.

More than 90 percent of Gaza’s water supply is unfit for human consumption due to years of Israel’s deliberate destruction of sewage and water infrastructure, its ban on imports of equipment and pollution and over-extraction of the only underground aquifer.

As a consequence waterborne illnesses are widespread.

Phillips said that Oxfam “made an application [to Israel] to import” the equipment, but “[A]fter 8 months without agreement we had to use less effective processes instead.”

These apparently did not work. The equipment was to be shipped via Israel from a German manufacturer, Phillips added.

No water to wash your face

In addition to the poor quality of water, only a quarter of households receive running water every day, during several hours only.

The permanent electricity crisis means that water can frequently not be pumped and many Palestinian households must buy expensive bottled water.

“There is no water at all. I don’t even find a drop to wash my face,” Gaza student and writerMalaka Mohammed tweeted yesterday. “As a result [I] had to buy it!”

 

Life conditions for Gaza’s almost 1.7 million residents have deteriorated sharply since the 3 July military coup in Egypt.

Since the coup, the Egyptian military regime has destroyed dozens of underground tunnelsthat have provided the only alternative route into Gaza for many basic supplies banned or severely restricted by the Israeli siege.

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8 Comments

  1. bigcree1 said,

    September 9, 2013 at 09:02

    I cannot even begin to imagine these conditions , brought about by racist supremacist jews. Freaks and reprobates living on STOLEN LAND, placing it’s true Custodians in a daily deteriorating condition of want, need and extreme duress. They are not even allowed access to clean water. They cannot fish off the coast of Gaza without being harassed and tormented by the vile interlopers who then confiscate their boats and arrest them only to fine them wrongfully and impound their only means of feeding themselves. If there ever was a reason to hate these bastards THIS is it. When will we all DEMAND they leave Palestine and give it back to it’s rightful owners? DAMN!! Reading Articles like this raise my ire and I want to go punch some “israeli’ in his jib for being so anti human.

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  3. Ljwhitestar said,

    September 9, 2013 at 22:23

    Israel really has brought its palestine concentration camp to an all time low!!!!

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  6. Jackie said,

    September 11, 2013 at 00:22

    what a pity? I think people have rights to get clean water. Israel’s reactions are ultra.

  7. postkey said,

    September 13, 2013 at 09:50

    Correction: Oxfam water equipment delayed by manufacturer, not Israel
    Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Sun, 09/08/2013 – 20:29

    http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/correction-oxfam-water-equipment-delayed-manufacturer-not-israel


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