Sewage floods Gaza City neighborhoods after treatment plant runs out of fuel

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

 Tuesday November 19, 2013 09:31 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC News

As a consequence of the recent Israeli and Egyptian clampdown on the tunnels under the border between Gaza and Egypt, fuel has become exceedingly scarce in Gaza, and a major waste treatment plant in Gaza City has shut down, leading to floods of sewage in the city streets.

Children try to avoid stepping in sewage (image from video by Jehad Saftawi for the Institute for Middle East Understanding (imeu.net))
Children try to avoid stepping in sewage (image from video by Jehad Saftawi for the Institute for Middle East Understanding (imeu.net))

The plant shut down on Wednesday November 13th, and has remained offline since then. The most severely impacted area is the Al Sabra neighborhood, which has several feet of raw sewage covering the streets of the neighborhood.

Palestinians living in Gaza depend on the tunnels to provide food, fuel and other supplies since the Israeli blockade has closed the border.

Because of the sewage treatment plant shutdown,hildren have had to…

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