With Israeli forces moving into Gaza City, the World Bank is calling for humanitarian aid as major infrastructure failures threaten the water and sanitation of Gaza’s civilian population.
The Bank urged Israel to allow enough fuel into Gaza to run the region’s water and sewer pumps.
According to a press briefing by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), at least ten of Gaza City’s 45 water wells have failed in the past week and many communities are without water.
Some repairs have been made to electricity networks, but power supplies remain patchy and irregular — further threatening sanitation systems.
The ICRC emphasized that the present situation is merely an escalation of water shortages, in an already water stressed region.
Circle of Blue’s east coast correspondent based in New York. He specializes on water conflict and the water-food-energy nexus. He previously worked as a political risk analyst covering equatorial Africa’s energy sector, and sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. Contact: Cody.Pope@circleofblue.org