Palestinians suffer water supply cuts due to rationing

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It’s the hottest summer on record throughout the Middle East, and in countries like Iraq and Kuwait, temperatures have been reaching 54 degrees Celsius.

Palestinians and Israelis are also enduring the heatwave, but with a key difference: Israel-controlled water and supplies have been cut to Palestinian population centers.

CCTV’s Stephanie Freid reports.

Palestinians suffer water supply cuts due to rationing

Palestinians suffer water supply cuts due to rationing

Palestinians and Israelis are also enduring the heatwave, but with a key difference: Israel-controlled water and supplies have been cut to Palestinian population centers. CCTV’s Stephanie Freid reports.

Summer, for tens of thousands of Palestinians, means not enough water for drinking, showering or irrigating.

The World Health Organization per-capita minimum is 100 liters per day – Palestinians are getting 73.

The problem is agreements and allocation- Israelis and Jewish settlements are connected to Israel’s water grid and make use of high tech recycle and desalination techniques.

Palestinians rely on water from an underground aquifer as stipulated in the mid-90’s Oslo Agreement.

But the population has nearly doubled since. Israel blames the Palestinian Authority for not updating pipes that could carry more water to locals. Still, the body responsible for making those changes is stymied.


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