Israel punishing Gazans collectively for electing Hamas: Gaza official
Fri Aug 3, 2012 5:17AM
Israel’s violating the Gazans’ right to live a healthy life and punishing them for democratically electing the Hamas movement." Gaza Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-QedraGaza Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra says Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are being subjected to Israeli collective punishment, Press TV reports. Qedra said water pollution levels in the coastal enclave have reached alarming levels after years of Israeli blockade. Infants and children are the worst hit by water pollution, where acute cases of diarrhea among other intestinal ailments are widespread among the Gazan children. “Our doctors are having a hard time dealing with many cases of [infected] children… Israel’s violating the Gazans’ right to live a healthy life and punishing them for democratically electing the Hamas movement,” he told Press TV.
According to the United Nations, at least 90 percent of the coastal enclave’s water supplies are unsafe to drink.Nitrate and chloride levels in Gaza water, which are one of the highest in the world and have continued to rise, pose serious health risks throughout the blockaded territory. Meanwhile, during the war on Gaza at the turn of 2009, Israeli forces targeted sewage treatment plants which caused raw sewage to seep into the aquifer and contaminate it. Israel also prevents desalination and water treatment equipment from reaching Gaza. The Gaza Strip has been blockaded since 2007, which is a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty. AGB/MA