LIFE THREATENING SEWAGE AND WATER CRISES CAUSED BY ISRAELIS APARTHEID BLOCKADE AND BOMBING IN COOPERATION WITH EGYPTIAN MILITARY DICTATORSHIP
“Sewage crisis in Gaza” by The Electronic Intifada
OCCUPIED GAZA STRIP = “It was horrible. We lost many things when the sewage came from everywhere around us — the doors, manholes and sinks. This cannot be forgotten….With every passing hour, the water level was rising. It was incredible. We called rescue teams to help us before it is too late. It was not only the electricity issue; we were also cut off from basic needs and clean water.” — al-Shami – stranded by crises and told it will take at least 2 weeks to get relief.
OCCUPIED GAZA STRIP = People woke up to find a 6+ Feet wall of raw sewage flowing down their streets — Just one of several sewage overflows to occur over five weeks. — 35,000+ cubic meters of raw sewage overflowed from the Zaytoun pumping station — Then again it was inundated — this time with twice as much waste — heavy rains multiplied the problem — hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of sewage overflowed from pumping stations and manholes, flooding streets and homes.
OCCUPIED GAZA STRIP = CAUSED BY BOMBED OUT SEWERS + BOMBED POWER PLANT OUTAGES STOPPING SEWER PUMPS + SHORTAGES OF SPARE PARTS DUE TO ALMOST DECADE OF ISRAELI BLOCKADES – LONGEST OCCUPATION IN MODERN HISTORY.
UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the sewage flood affected 21,000 people = Thousands were displaced and sought shelter for days in schools or with relatives + 2 People died and 108 were injured as Gaza received 75% to 92% of its average seasonal rainfall in 4 days.
The storm exacerbated sanitation and hygiene concerns as Palestinian Water Authority were not able to handle such large quantities of sewage and rainwater. Aid agencies are assessing the needs and appealing to donors for support. There is also a long-term need for expanded and more developed water facilities. OCHA called the situation “one of the most serious energy crises in recent years, with potentially serious humanitarian ramifications”
Amnesty International said Gaza was experiencing increasing “risk of a massive public health crisis…compounded by blockade’s assault on human dignity.”
Egyptian authorities closed down most of the tunnels used to bring in cheap fuel so the power plant was closed for 45 days = Gaza’s 1.7 million residents had no access to basic clean water, sanitation and hygiene. Overflowing sewage in the streets is also being dumped into the sea in far greater quantities than before, and in lagoons and open channels — 90 million liters of raw sewage was dumped into the sea daily. Health risks are a major concern for children impacted by the dirty sewer water. = “Why does no one answer our calls to solve this issue once and for all? We don’t want to see our houses flooded, or our children drowning or becoming sick…how (can) our children live or survive…. (homes) receive water for just a few hours every two to three days.” — Bargout on difficulty of moving parts and fuel from Israel into Gaza — We receive sewage water from our sinks — only 15% of Gaza’s population received water for domestic use before the storm — when water comes on it is for at most 5 to 6 hours
25 small-scale desalination units were BOMBED and never received enough fuel to run most of the time. Water is increasingly polluted in the main Gaza aquifer from sewage, wastewater, and seawater intrusion. – PNGO blames the Israeli blockade policies. Amnesty International demanded that Israel immediately lift its blockade on the Gaza Strip to allow the delivery of fuel and other essential supplies into the territory without restrictions.
2007 JUNE = Israeli blockade was tightened creating the Gaza CRISES = NO energy + NO water + NO sanitation infrastructure to support LIFE.
Egyptian Military Dictators work with Israelis to prevent construction of new power lines to increase the electricity supply to the southern Gaza Strip.