ACTNews, GAZA - Other than the repeated airstrikes from Israel, Palestine is also being ravaged by clean water crisis in the beginning of Ramadan. The demand for clean water is increasing during the Holy Month of Ramadan, as the water is needed for drinking during iftar and suhoor.
The access to clean water is one of the basic human rights, as mentioned in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on July 28th, 2010. However, it seems that this resolution is not applied to the people of Palestine.
Up until now, Palestine is still under siege by Israel, and Israel restricts the access to clean water for the Palestinians. This situation not only occurs in Gaza but also in the West Bank. Palestinians in West Bank is limited from accessing their own supply of clean water.
Furthermore, the people of Palestine are forced to buy clean water to Israel. Reports suggest that Israel has used almost 71% of clean water source in West Bank, or equal to 300 liters of water per person. On the other hand, Palestinians are only allowed to use 17% of clean water--only equal to 72 liters per person
Other than the blockade imposed by Israel, the crisis is also caused by the low quality of clean water source. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) report that was released on March, 97% of groundwater of Gaza failed to meet the standard quality of drinking water.
Furthermore, according to several organizations that found similar facts, there are only less than 4% of the water that can be consumed, while the ocean water is polluted. As a result of the polluted water and clean water crisis, it is predicted that Gaza will be uninhabitable by 2020
The water crisis also affects the health system of Palestine. Most of the hospital and health facilities in Gaza are affected by the scarcity of clean water. The health facilities require clean water for medical purposes, but the hospital cannot access clean water. Hospitals play an important role in Palestine, especially for the victims and the wounded participants of The Great March of Return.
ACT Mobile Water Tank
In order to fulfill Indonesia’s concern for Palestine, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has deployed two vehicles to transport clean water for Gaza. The vehicles are known as ACT Mobile Water Tank. The goal of these vehicles is to deliver and supply clean water for the Palestinians.
Andi Noor Faradiba from Global Humanity Response-ACT stated that the two vehicles are operating every single day. In Ramadan, these two vehicles will supply 1,600,000 liters of clean water throughout the Gaza Strip.
“Inshallah, Mobile Water Tank ACT will reach wider areas in Gaza Strip that in dire need of clean water. Hopefully, us and Indonesia can alleviate the burden of the people of Palestine during Ramadan, and in midst of all ongoing crisis,” said Faradiba.