As from reports yesturday, Israel has cut off the water supply in large areas of the West Bank, according to the Palestine's authorities.
The northern city of Jenin, which has a population of more than 40,000, said its water supplies had been cut in half by Mekorot, Israel's national water company, thousands of Palestinians have reportedly been left without access to safe drinking water during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a period of fasting, at a time when temperatures can exceed 35C.
Water is a basic need and a right. Mekorot should restore any water supplies to Palestinians it has cut off and the Israel authorities should end their discriminatory water policies, lifting all arbitrary restrictions it currently imposes on this vital need.
The people are relying on purchasing water from water trucks or alternative sources.
The UN puts the minimum of water essential per person per day at 7.5 liters, but in hotter areas like Palestine, those requirements may be much higher.
Mekorot an Israeli water company has stopped supplying water to the Palestinians, even though the United Nations puts the minimum of water essential per person per day at 7.5 liters, and in hotter areas this is increased, but this is not being met. The Palestinians are having to gain access for water from water trucks or alternative resources. And with Ramadan and hot weather water is vital.
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