Gaza’s only fresh source of water is too dangerous to drink because of contamination by fertiliser and human waste, a new report says.
The charities Save the Children and Medical Aid for Palestinians say the number of children being treated for diarrhoea has doubled in five years.
They say Israel’s five-year blockade of the territory is preventing crucial sanitation equipment from getting in.
According to the report, families are turning to private water sources out of desperation, without realising that this water is often contaminated at 10 times the safe level.
“As a matter of urgent priority for the health and well-being of Gaza’s children, Israel must lift the blockade in its entirety to enable the free movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza”