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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
28 April 2008

29 April 2008


* Between 50 and 60 million litres of partially treated and untreated sewage from the Gaza Strip have • been flowing daily into the Mediterranean Sea since 24 January.

* This sewage cannot be treated due to the lack of a steady electricity supply within the Gaza Strip, • Israel’s restrictions on fuel imports, and prohibitions on the import of materials and necessary spare parts.

* Full sewage treatment requires 14 continuous days of uninterrupted power supply which cannot • occur due to daily power cuts and insufficient fuel to operate power-supplying and back-up generators.

* The sewage discharge is contaminating Gaza sea waters and posing health risks for bathers and • consumers of seafood. The sewage flows northward to Israeli coasts, including near the Ashkelon desalination plant. Urgent studies are needed to examine the extent of the impact.

* The ongoing fuel shortages are triggering a further deterioration in the situation, in which untreated • sewage is now being pumped into heavily populated residential areas: three million litres of raw sewage were recently pumped into the storm water lagoon Jabaliya camp; a sewage pumping station near Zeitoun is likely to flood when its generator fuel runs out in the next 24-48 hours.


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