UK charity issues amber warning over Gaza’s water crisis

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Palestinian children fill jerrycans with drinking water from public taps at a refugee camp in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 30, 2019 [SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images]
Palestinian children fill jerrycans with drinking water from public taps at a refugee camp in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 30, 2019

An amber alert has been issued over the Gaza Strip’s water crisis which is having a serious impact on public health, with children, in particular, facing the risk of water-borne disease, a British charity has warned.

Gaza has been under a strict Israelisiege for 14 yearsand has been subject to repeated Israeli onslaughts during that period which have led to wide scale damage, high rates of unemployment and poverty.

According to Human Appeal, the severe restrictions on Gaza have left nearly two million people with severely limited access to clean water, depriving civilians of regular access to drinkable water.

“Winter is especially brutal in Gaza. Families already face a debilitating blockade, medical shortages, daily power cuts, unemployment and undrinkable water,” said Dr Mahmoud…

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