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Gaza drinkable water is running out

Manque d'eau potableThe7-year-old blockade on the Gaza Strip has had devastating impacts on most of life aspect for people in Gaza.

Since Israel tied it blockade on the Gaza strip in 2007, most of the infrastructure materials are banned to enter to make visible and concrete process in people’s daily life in Gaza. Extremity serious problems Palestinian in Gaza are facing the drinkable water. The population of Gaza is drawing rapidly, by 2020, the population number of Palestinians living in Gaza is expected to reach 2 millions living in very density populated environments.  The UN has declared the main source of fresh water and the underground coastal aquifer will be unusable by 2016 for the young nation of Gaza.

Nearly 2 million Palestinians living in Gaza are suffering the shortage of clean drinking water nowadays. The water in Gaza does not fit for human consumption. The main hospital of Gaza –AL-Shifa hospital- reports that the available water in Gaza is causing chronic health problems and has caused high rates of child mortality.

With 4500 people living in one per square kilometer, Gaza is one of most densely populated areas in the world. This has made the demand to drinkable water in highly needed for this young nation. The water provided by the municipal systems in Gaza is polluted; therefore most of people in Gaza buy desalinated water –which sometimes unaffordable for people to buy – in order to minimize the dangerous affects of the water provided by the municipalities in Gaza.

According to the World Bulletin News network, Already living in severe poverty, some families are forced to spend a third of their income on privately bottled drinking water. Residents are dependent on an underground water aquifer that is corroded and contaminated with seawater and sewage. Israel confiscates 90% of available freshwater for itself, while less than 10% is allocated to Palestinians, according to the Project Censored report.

The water problem in Gaza is not only a humanitarian issue but rather political. Israel is the occupying power of Gaza. According to the International Law, the occupying power should provide welfare to the occupied people and provide decent life. Palestinians living in Gaza is calling upon the international community to immediately intervene before 2016 arrives, by then the damage in Gaza’s aquifer will become irreversible.


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Ayman Qwaider

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