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Water crisis looming in West Bank
07-02-2008, 08:07 AM,
Water crisis looming in West Bank
Quote:A human rights group has warned of grave water supply shortages in the West Bank due to Israel's discriminatory water distribution.

In a report published on Tuesday, B'Tselem group reported that Palestinians living in the West Bank drink one-third of the per capita water consumption recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The group also added that per capita water consumption by Israeli settlers is 3.5 times more than that of Palestinians.

"The chronic water shortage results in large part from Israel's discriminatory policy in distributing the joint water resources in the West Bank and the limits it places on the Palestinian's ability to drill new wells," the group revealed.

According to B'Tselem, the problem in the West Bank has been compounded this summer by the lack of rainfall over the past few years.

Stressing that access to water without discrimination is recognized by international law as a fundamental human right, B'Tselem called on the regime "to ensure immediate, regular, adequate supply of water to every resident of the West Bank without discrimination."
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