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EU: 95% of Gaza water ‘unfit for human use’

Israeli occupation steals Gaza’s underground water throughout deep wells dug across eastern borders of the coastal enclave


Gazans fear that the Israeli occupation might destroy the new EU-funded desalination plant like what has happened with the EU-funded sole electricity plant

Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip -Senior European official visited Gaza on Tuesday said that 95 per cent of water in the coastal enclave “unfit for human use.”

“As a result of repeated Israeli offensives on Gaza, 95 per cent of the water in Gaza is unfit for human use,” EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said during his visit to the first and only desalination plant.

He continued: “Therefore, we are supporting this water purification plant to provide pure and clean water to more than 150,000 Palestinians.”

The plant was build using a €10 million EU grant and construction on it began in March 2014. However, Gazans fear that the Israeli occupation might destroy it any time like what has happened with the EU-funded sole electricity plant.

In 2006, the Israeli occupation forces targeted for the first time and later on, they targeted it several times, causing much irreparable damage in it.

Beside the repeated Israeli offensives on Gaza, Israeli occupation steals Gaza’s underground water throughout hundreds of deep water wells across the eastern borders. This caused salty sea water leaks to the Gaza aquifer, increasing rate of its salinity.

Hahn said the EU is committed to supporting water sector with millions of Euros in order to help improve the enclave’s water sector.

He stressed that Gaza is in urgent need for affordable water supplies to keep up with the need of its 1.8 million inhabitants, many of whom live in poverty.

(Source / 15.06.2016)

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