People in Gaza are Forced to Drink Dirty Sea Water as the Water Systems Run out of Fuel

The water Crisis in Gaza is a dire situation that is unfolding as residents are forced to drink dirty contaminated seawater mixed with sewage. This crisis has been exacerbated by Israel’s decision to cut off the water supply and ban fuel imports to Gaza, leaving its people in a precarious state.


UNICEF reports reveal the shocking reality that Gazans are now surviving on less than 3 liters of water per day, an alarming figure that falls far short of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) minimum recommendation of 50 liters required to meet basic human needs.

in a region where access to clean water is nothing short of vital, the decision by Israel to cut off the water supply and prohibit fuel imports to Gaza has delivered a crippling blow to the people of palatine. although Israel has granted limited access to water through one of the three pipelines leading into Gaza, experts believe that this meager supply falls woefully short of meeting the enclave’s critical needs.

A recent aid convoy, delivering a modest 60,000 liters of water, offered a glimmer of hope amidst the prevailing crisis. However, this quantity is almost nothing compered to the daily demand of 33 million liters, which is another evident that the situation continues to worsen.

Oxfam’s reports indicate that private vendors operating small-scale desalination and purification facilities have assumed a central role in supplying water to Gaza. Nevertheless, the cost of procuring water has surged, increasing fivefold, adding another layer of hardship for the beleaguered population.

With no alternative but to collect and store water in containers, experts warn of an imminent risk of waterborne diseases, such as cholera and dysentery, sweeping through the region.

In the midst of this humanitarian crisis, Gaza’s hospitals face their own impending water and sanitation emergency. They are struggling to maintain the necessary sterilization of surgical equipment, thereby endangering the health and safety of the patients they serve.

Adding to the gravity of the situation, Israeli influencers have chosen to ridicule the Palestinians in Gaza, who are confronting the daily challenge of accessing essential resources, including water and electricity.

The water crisis in Gaza goes beyond regional boundaries and it can quickly become a humanitarian crisis. immediate action and more humanitarian aid is needed to prevent a full-scale catastrophe.

Photo: OCHA