Apr. 10, 2017
- Israel: Hamas, PA Responsible for Growing Water Crisis in Gaza
IDF Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), contacted international aid organizations last week to warn that the Gaza aquifer has been destroyed by years of excessive pumping and 96% of the water is now unfit to drink, Army Radio reported Sunday. In January, UNICEF finished construction of a desalination plant in Khan Yunis, but Hamas won’t allow the plant to be connected to the electric grid. Israel has offered to double its supply of water to Gaza, but the PA is not rushing to implement the offer.
Additionally, in September 2015, Israel approved construction of a natural gas pipeline to Gaza, but the PA has yet to sign a deal with any gas supplier. (Times of Israel)
Mordechai wrote: “Hamas must immediately provide needed electricity to operate the desalination plant for the good of residents, but instead the terrorist organization has chosen to send electricity to its terror tunnels and the homes of its leaders.” (Ha’aretz)