Nfollowing the closure of the Public Health Laboratory, announced by the Ministry, there were no longer conditions to continue analyzing drinking water samples.

The Government also accused Israel of preventing the entry of chlorine into Gaza or any other alternative to treat drinking water in the Gaza Strip, devastated by 204 days of incessant Israeli offensive that has already caused more than 34,300 deaths and destroyed several civilian infrastructures.

“All citizens of the Gaza Strip drink unsafe water, putting their lives at risk,” said the Ministry of Health.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) warned again, on Friday, that living conditions in Gaza “are deteriorating rapidly” and highlighted that the “water shortage in Rafah”, where around 1.2 million displaced people and 200,000 residents live, the risk of disease outbreaks is increasing.

In November, the UN special rapporteur on the human rights to drinking water and sanitation, Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, called on Israel to stop using water as a weapon of war.

“Every hour that passes while Israel blocks the supply of drinking water to the Gaza Strip, in flagrant violation of international law, puts Gazans at risk of dying from thirst and illnesses related to the lack of drinking water,” he said in November 17th, about a month after the start of the war.

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