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Gaza Strip Fear a New Tsunami - Sewage Treatment Blocked by the Israelis...


A preliminary report indicate that a possible new *Tsunami is approaching within days, perhaps hours, to take place in the bedouin village of "Um El-Naser", in northern Gaza Strip,as a result of the stop of generators pumps, caused by a lack of fuel and spare parts. In 2007, 14 months ago, a *spewing river of sewage and mud erupted after an earth embankment around a cesspool collapsed.Ten people died and more then 60 people were injured, the disaster forced the residents in the beduin village to flee.*Years of insufficient sanitation conditions during the Israeli settlement occupation of Gaza Strip, and the absence of sewage conveyance systems are serious threats to public health and are the major causes of a environmental degradation on Gaza Strip...

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Gaza Strip Fear a New Tsunami - Sewage Treatment Blocked by the Israelis...

Hiyam Noir, PalestineFreeVoice

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May 15, 2008

A preliminary report indicate that a possible new *Tsunami is approaching within days, perhaps hours, to take place in the bedouin village of "Um El-Naser", in northern Gaza Strip,as a result of the stop of generators pumps, caused by a lack of fuel and spare parts.

In 2007, 14 months ago, a *spewing river of sewage and mud erupted after an earth embankment around a cesspool collapsed.Ten people died and more then 60 people were injured, the disaster forced the residents in the beduin village to flee.*Years of insufficient sanitation conditions during the Israeli settlement occupation of Gaza Strip, and the absence of sewage conveyance systems are serious threats to public health and are the major causes of a environmental degradation on Gaza Strip.

The United Nations Office for the "Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs" said in a report released on Wednesday,that Gaza Strip water authority has dumped over 60 million liters of partially treated and untreated sewage into the Mediterranean sea since January 24."The sewage discharge is contaminating the Gaza Strip seawater, and posing health risks for the people visiting the beaches during the summer season approaching, also health risks to consumers of seafood.The sewage move in a stream northward to the coasts line including the Ashkelon desalination plant. UN said in the report, that urgent studies are needed to examine the full extent of the impact.

The Israelis blockade of the Gaza Strip is blamed for the Gaza Strip water authority's inability to treat the sewage."This sewage cannot be treated due to lack of a steady supply of electricity within the Gaza Strip, Israel's restrictions on fuel imports and prohibitions on the import of necessary spare parts,"the restrictions on imports and exports into and out of the Gaza Strip, spare parts needed to repair the sewage treatment plants, has not been allowed to cross the border.

The UN said that the Gaza' water authority, the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility, require 14 days of uninterrupted electricity to treat the sewage. The Coastal Municipalities Utility provides more than 130 million cubic meters of water/year, and according to the report,80 percent of which ends up as sewage. Moreover, because of the restrictions on imports and exports into and out of the Strip, spare parts needed to repair the sewage treatment plants had not been allowed in.

The sewage does not only stream into the sea, but also into empty lagoons, which normally drain off the storms.The lagoons in Gaza City and the Jabaliya refugee camp have been turned into open cesspools, according to UN. Detailed method or structures, to improve the sewage treatment system have been drawn up, but were being held back by the Israelis.

The German government's development bank,KfW Entwicklungsbank,has agreed to work with the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility, on a project to upgrade the Gaza sewage treatment plant.KfW said that "at the end of 2000 the overall environment on the Palestinian territories have changed dramatically and today the cooperation has become very difficult. KfW Entwicklungsbank has adapted to the new circumstances and contributes to alleviating the worst effects on the needy population."

The project which will cost $12 milj USD, and was intended to begin by the end of April 2008, if the Israeli authorities would end its illegal hostage of shipment of material and equipment into Gaza Strip.The KfW project, will allow the plant to treat 60 million liters of sewage per day and use the treated sewage for agricultural purposes or to restore depleted fresh water aquifer on Gaza Strip.A plan to build a new sewage treatment plant in northern Gaza Strip is also being blocked by the Israelis, according to the UN report.

* Gaza Strip Economy Faces Many Obstacles
* Freshwater shartage leads to many obstacles in Gaza Strip


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