Damage to Water Infrastructure Endangers Everyone in Gaza, ICRC Says

The International Committee of the Red Cross released a video on July 17 to raise awareness of sanitation risks caused by damaged infrastructure in Gaza. Three of the five main water treatment plants have been damaged, contaminating drinking water and putting the population at risk.

In a statement released two days earlier, the ICRC warned that hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza were without water, and that within days, the entire population may be desperately short of water. ICRC engineer Sara Badei said that many operators maintaining the water and sanitation infrastructures have been killed or seriously injured on the job, causing local service providers to suspend routine operations until Israel can guarantee that their workers will be safe.

The video captures infrastructure damaged by shelling. Credit: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

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