Study: Polluted Water Main Cause of Death in Gaza

More than a quarter of illnesses in Gaza are caused by water pollution, a new study has said, noting that this is the main cause of mortality in the coastal enclave that has endured an Israeli siege since 2007.

The study, which the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published a copy of, was carried out by RAND Corporation, an American NGO. It said that it reached these findings four years ago and that since that time these numbers have continued to grow.

Based on the report, Haaretz said that the collapse of water infrastructure has led to a sharp rise in germs and viruses such as rotavirus, cholera, and salmonella.

The report said the situation is worsening due to repeated Israeli operations in Gaza which started in 2008.

The study concluded that the current situation is that Gaza is incapable of supplying enough water for its 2 million inhabitants.

The study said that the average cost of water use per capita in the West is 0.7 percent of monthly wages, but in Gaza a third of monthly wages goes toward the purchase of water, pointing out that the high rate of unemployment makes many people unable to buy clean water.

Source: Palestine Chronicle