Gaza, ALRAY - Minister of Local Government Mohammed al-Farra warned of an impending environmental disaster in the Gaza Strip due to the disruption of sewage treatment system.
Farra said during a press conference held on the shore of the Gaza sea "the Gaza Strip sector is on the verge of an environmental disaster, for the municipalities cannot run sewage treatment plants,"
The Gaza official warned that "the wastewater may flow into the residential houses at any moment,"
He explained that the closure of the tunnels impacted his ministry work, most notably due to the lack of building materials and suspension of 90% of the construction projects of the ministry, and to shortage of diesel fuel which led to the inability of municipalities to run sewage plants.
"In light of the tunnels destruction, the economic capacity of many citizens have waned and thus they could not pay municipal utility bills, which has had negative impact on ministry projects and plans," he said.
Farra urged the Ramallah government to allow access of diesel fuel to Gaza without taxing it. He also demanded Egyptian authorities to quickly implement the project of electric link between Egypt and Gaza.
He pointed out that 90,000 cubic meters of wastewater are pumped into the Gaza sea every day without treatment.