Environment another casualty in Gaza

May 13, 2009 at 3:02 am Leave a comment

Israels terror attacks on Gaza has had severe environmental consequences

Israels brutal attacks on Gaza in January has had terrible environmental consequences

Apartheid Israel’s outrageous bombing and invasion of Gaza in January took at least 1500 Palestinian lives.

Gaza’s already huge environmental problems have also been compounded by Israel’s brutal assault. The human cost is immense.

A May 4 IPS report on a United Nations Development Programme environmental assessment in Gaza said: “Countless fruit groves across the Gaza Strip are now gone, entire farms bulldozed. The remains of thousands of destroyed homes emit toxic asbestos, while dilapidated infrastructure dumps raw sewage into the Mediterranean Sea.

Furthermore: “During the assault, Israeli bombs hit the already fragile sewage and water treatment systems, causing drinking water and raw sewage to mix across some of the most populated areas of Gaza.

Tank shells hit the strip’s largest wastewater plant in the Sheikh Aljeen area of Gaza City, sending sewage cascading directly into neighbourhoods, farms and into the sea.”

Even before the January attacks, 80% of Gaza’s drinking water fell below the World Health Organisation standards for drinking.

Israel’s blockade of Gaza has ensured that none of the destroyed infrastructure can be rebuilt.

See the full article here.

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Entry filed under: Gaza, Military, Palestine, War.

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