Gaza, ALRAY - The long-term Israeli blockade against the Gaza Strip has caused a serious deterioration of its water security, making 97% of the water contaminated, while the residents of the besieged enclave are forced to witness the slow poisoning, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor has said.
In a joint oral statement during the 48th session of Human Rights Council (HRC), the monitor indicated that the acute electricity crisis stifles the operation of water wells and sewage treatment plants, leading about 80% of Gaza’s untreated sewage to be discharged into the sea, while 20% peeps into underground water.
Israeli attacks on Gaza last May that substantially pounded the enclave’s already decaying infrastructure, especially in the water sector, said Mohammed Shehada, a regional manager at Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor.
Shehada added that about a quarter of the diseases spread in Gaza are caused by water pollution, pointing out that 12% of the deaths of young children and infants are linked to intestinal diseases related to contaminated water.
He indicated that the residents of Gaza are caged in a toxic slum from birth to death, witnessing the slow poisoning of their children and loved ones by the water they drink and likely the soil in which they harvest, endlessly with no change in sight.
Shehada concluded that there is no possible justification whatsoever for this situation, calling upon the Israeli occupation and international community to fully guarantee Gaza’s right to water security.