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Video over 'leven zonder water in Gaza' / en zie Public Services International

Video: Life without water in Gaza

The Electronic Intifada 29 November 2017

“We live in an area where there is no water,” says Ibrahim al-Majaida, a
resident of al-Mawasi, an agricultural area near Khan Younis in the southern
 Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip.
The average Palestinian family in Gaza receives running water only four to 
six hours, every three to five days, due to chronic electricity shortages resulting
from Israel’s decade-long siege.
This forces many to buy water from expensive and unregulated private sources.
“We travel two kilometers to bring water to our homes,” al-Majaida says.
More than 96 percent of Gaza’s water supply is unsafe for drinking.
Desalination plants are functioning at 15 percent of their capacity due to
electricity shortages.
The diminished capacity of water and wastewater treatment facilities
means that 108 million liters of raw sewage are being dumped into the 
Mediterranean Sea every day.
The disrupted operation of treatment facilities has led to sewage spills
in various areas of Gaza, such as al-Mawasi.
“Even plants and vegetables don’t survive in it because of the contamination,
” says Rasha al-Majaida, another resident of al-Mawasi. “Not even birds
drink from it.”
Video by Ruwaida Amer and Sanad Abu Latifa.



Clean water and sanitation – recently recognised by the United Nations
 as basic human rights – are critical to good health. They help prevent 
disease. Yet billions of people have no ready access to safe water. It is an
 essential service that governments must provide to protect their 
citizens and serve their common good.


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