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Children, families in Gaza have practically run out of water: UNICEF

Families forced to use dirty water from wells, says UN Children’s Fund

Muhammed Sabry  | 17.10.2023 - Update : 17.10.2023
Children, families in Gaza have practically run out of water: UNICEF People line up to fill boxes with clean water from a dispenser as water shortage happens following the suspension of water flow from Israel to Gaza, in Khan Yunis, Gaza on October 10, 2023.


Palestinian children and families in the Gaza Strip have practically run out of water, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said late Monday. 

“They are now forced to use dirty water from wells, increasing risks of waterborne diseases,” UNICEF said in a statement.

“We need an immediate humanitarian pause to ensure unhindered and safe access to children and families in Gaza.”

Ten days into the conflict with the Palestinian group Hamas, an Israeli bombardment and blockade of the Gaza Strip has continued, with over 1 million people – almost half the total population of Gaza – having been displaced, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Gaza is experiencing a dire humanitarian crisis with no electricity while water, food, fuel and medical supplies are running out as civilians flee to its southern region following an Israeli warning to evacuate its northern areas.

The fighting began when Hamas on Oct. 7 initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, a multi-pronged surprise attack including a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel via land, sea and air. It said the incursion was in retaliation for the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque and increased settler violence against Palestinians.

The Israeli military then launched Operation Swords of Iron against Hamas targets within the Gaza Strip.

At least 2,808 Palestinians, including 750 children, have been killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

More than 1,400 Israelis have been killed in the conflict.

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