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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Up to 80,000 Palestinians in Jerusalem without running water for three months

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Israeli water utility company Hagihon has stopped the regular supply of running water to a number of Palestinian neighbourhoods in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a statement issued by Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem.

The affected neighbourhoods are the Shu'fat Refugee Camp, Ras Khamis, Ras Sh'hadeh and Dahiyat As-Salam. They have all been isolated from the rest of Jerusalem by the Separation Wall.

B'Tselem stated that: "Some homes in these neighbourhoods have been completely cut off from the water supply; others receive water intermittently; and as for the rest, the water pressure in the pipes is so low that the water does not reach the faucets."
The result, B'Tselem said, is that "an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 Palestinians – mostly permanent residents of Israel – have been left without a regular water supply."

Trying to solve their problem, the residents spent three weeks applying to Hagihon and to the Jerusalem Municipality, seeking to have running water restored.

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