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UN office warns 97 percent of ground water in Gaza is undrinkable, causing risk of disease outbreak and epidemic

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Electricity supply in Gaza increased up to 18 hours a day in some areas, following the provision of additional fuel to operate the Gaza Power Plant.

Only 22 per cent of patients injured during the Gaza demonstrations, who were referred for follow-up surgery in the West Bank or Israel, have been granted Israeli exit permits.

97 per cent of ground water extracted in Gaza is unfit for human consumption, generating the risk of a waterborne disease outbreak.

The number of Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians and their property during 2018 grew by 57 and 175 per cent, compared with 2017 and 2016, respectively.

Overview: October 2018

Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli soldiers, assault ‘Urif village (Nablus), 6 July 2018. © Photo by ‘Adel al-’Amer/B’Tselem
Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli soldiers, assault ‘Urif village (Nablus), 6 July 2018. © Photo by ‘Adel al-’Amer/B’Tselem

During the first week of November, residents of the Gaza Strip experienced some respite from the deteriorating humanitarian situation. First, the electricity supply increased up to 18 hours a day in some areas, from 4-5 hours in previous months, following the provision of additional fuel to operate the Gaza Power Plant. Second, around 27,000 civil servants, hired by Hamas after the 2007 takeover, were paid their August salaries, while 50,000 of the poorest families began receiving an US$ 100 allocation. These developments have been made possible due to funding provided by the Government of Qatar, and following Israel’s authorization of the entry of the fuel and cash into Gaza. In addition, while the ‘Great March of Return’ demonstrations along the perimeter fence continue, there has been a significant decline in clashes between demonstrators and Israeli forces and a resulting decrease in casualties.

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More casualties sustained during the ‘Great March of Return’ in Gaza

*This figure includes 171 Palestinians killed during the Great March of Return demonstrations and other activities and 57 killed in other circumstances.
*This figure includes 171 Palestinians killed during the Great March of Return demonstrations and other activities and 57 killed in other circumstances.

While participating in a demonstration near the Gaza fence with Israel on 6 April 2018, a university student in his mid-twenties was shot and injured in his left hip by Israeli forces. He was standing about 30-40 metres from the barbed wire fence inside Gaza territory and burning a tyre with other demonstrators.

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Study warns water sanitation crisis in Gaza may cause disease outbreak and possible epidemic

USAID project of distributing potable water for vulnerable people in the North area 2017. © Photo by OCHA
USAID project of distributing potable water for vulnerable people in the North area 2017. © Photo by OCHA

A recent report prepared by the RAND Corporation warns that if the chronic state of emergency in Gaza’s water and sewage sector continues, an endemic disease outbreak or other public health crisis is imminent, with the risk of it spreading to Israel and Egypt. The projection is based on data collected by Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) partners and authorities over previous years, analysis of the expected impact of recent developments, and lessons learnt from disease outbreaks in Haiti, Yemen and Iraq. The report emphasised that cooperation between the Palestinian Authority, Israel and Egypt is vital if an epidemic is to be pre-empted.

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High level of violence by Israeli settlers; rise in Israeli fatalities

Settler violence and settlement expansion in western Ramallah
Settler violence and settlement expansion in western Ramallah

The high level of Israeli settler violence against Palestinians reported during the first four months of 2018 in an earlier Humanitarian Bulletin, continued through October as the annual olive harvest began. Since the start of 2018, OCHA has documented 217 incidents attributed to Israeli settlers that have resulted in Palestinian casualties (60 incidents) or in damage to Palestinian property (157 incidents). As a monthly average, this is the highest level of incidents recorded since 2014 and represents a 57 and 175 per cent increase compared with 2017 and 2016 respectively (see chart).

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Thanks for this report. Things are getting worse (as usual) for the Palestinians. All one needs to do is read all about it in Kate’s compilations. Here’s today’s: https://mondoweiss.net/2018/11/palestinian-photographed-checkpoint/ So many folks still want to see Israel through their rose colored spectacles, but the truth is available for those who choose to see the truth. MW does a great job of telling truths. I was not stunned, nor even surprised, to read this today: “In… Read more »

This is the ultimate goal the zionists were aiming for. To make the territories unlivable, so that these poor people will perish or flee. Damn all those who inflict this suffering on these helpless people, and damn those who enable them. While their precious citizens drink clean water, and swim in their pools, those they occupy are forced to drink contaminated water.
This is sheer evil.

When is the world going to respond to the horror Israel has made of Gaza? It is surely one of the ghastliest situations on the planet. And all of it is artificially created, just as surely as is the situation of the Rohingya in Burma. But our Western governments say and do nothing. Our press says nothing. I can only bitterly laugh whenever I see that phrase, “Never again.” Gaza is a giant concentration camp… Read more »

Meanwhile, the word “occupation” is never used on US corporate tv news media. Most Americans remain totally ignorant of the Palestinian situation. All they know is the “clash” has been going on forever, and Israel always just acts in defense of bombardment by missiles in the hands of Palestinian terrorists striving to push poor little democratic Israel into the sea.

That’s right. Global warming and rising sea levels are wrecking havoc on over-populated Gaza.

Maybe Hamas will turn it’s swords into plowshares, and build desalination plants and wind turbines, and use cement and pipes to rebuild water supply infrastructure instead of using pipes and cement to build rockets and tunnels into Israel.