access to clean water
January 30, 2009
Israel has refused to allow a French-made
Gaza amid a in the Palestinian strip. into
The French Foreign Ministry said Friday that Tel Aviv had blocked the entry
of a much-needed water purification station into Gaza and had forced its
Eric Chevallier said the move has
sparked an outcry in the Elysée, prompting it to summon the Israeli
ambassador to to explain why the system was denied access.
“There were a very great number of steps taken at all levels to try to get
the water purification station into Gaza,” he said, adding that Israel’s
explanation was not satisfactory.
recently warned that Israel’s 23-day onslaught on Gaza has pushed
its on the brink of collapse and thus increased risks of
groundwater contamination in the Palestinian territory.
“The most dangerous thing is the contamination of
sewage. We need an like the World Health
Organization to investigate the matter,” said Monther Shoblak, head of the
Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU).
According to the UN, Israel’s three week-long saturation bombing of the
Palestinian territory has seriously damaged pipes and has left drinking
water in very short supply.
Warning of the serious has urged the
Israeli government to allow enough fuel into Gaza to operate some 170
water and sewage pumps there.
The bank called on Israel to allow maintenance crews to shore up a sewage
lake in northern Gaza before it overflows at the expense of the 1.5 million
Palestinians living in the area.
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