ICRC - Non-stop Bombings Destroying Water Infrastructure In Gaza

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 (Bernama) -- Non-stop bombings in Gaza is destroying its fragile water infrastructure, while the deaths of some municipal water technicians highlight the danger that they faced in carrying out crucial maintenance, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

According to Jacques de Maio, head of the ICRC delegation in Israel and the occupied territories, currently the people in Gaza are without water and in a matter of days, the entire population will desperately face water shortage.

"Water and electrical services are also affected as a result of the current hostilities and if it continue the people of Gaza will face critical water crisis," he said in a statement.

The ICRC said that the intensified fighting made the matter worse as it prevented technicians from carrying out essential repairs.

The water service provider has also suspended all field operations until the safety of its staff can be guaranteed, the Geneva-based organisation said, adding that all these will result in people not getting any water when they turn on the tap.

Guillaume Pierrehumbert, ICRC water and sanitation expert, said that bolder action was critically required in order to improve water and sanitation system as water was polluted and sewage overflowing, which could cause a serious risk of disease.

The ICRC stressed that under the International Humanitarian Law, the parties to a conflict must differentiate between military objectives and civilians objects and between combatants and civilians.

They must also avoid harming civilians and protect them from the effects of military operation, said the non-governmental organisation that helps people affected by conflicts and armed violence as well as promote the laws to protect war victims.


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