Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Gaza City now ‘living in a state of extreme thirst’

Representative image. Courtesy to UNICEF

Gaza’s Government Media Office said all of the city’s water wells had stopped functioning two weeks ago.

The wells are no longer operational mainly due to a lack of fuel, which Israel has banned from entering the Strip since it imposed a total blockade more than six months ago.

Gaza City’s only desalination plant, more than 40 water wells and the city’s water networks have been destroyed, the office said.

It warned that the “crisis” has reached its peak as temperatures continue to rise and demand for water consumption has also increased.

“The whole city is living in a state of extreme thirst,” it said.

Gaza’s “health and environmental crisis” is only going to get much worse amid extreme water shortages, the office added.

At least 34,012 people have been killed and 76,833 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7.

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