Gaza’s lack of water is a significant problem that can lead to the spread of diseases. Professor Davidovich emphasizes the importance of water in maintaining hygiene, especially as overcrowded conditions exacerbate these risks, especially during winter. The Israeli army has instructed soldiers not to use water from Gaza and to receive their own supply, further highlighting the urgency of the situation.
Another issue affecting Gaza is the lack of fuel, which leads to a shortage of sewage treatment and affects desalination machines. This results in hundreds of millions of liters of sewage being released into the sea, impacting Israel’s shores. Water tests have confirmed the presence of impurities reaching Israeli shores, with the situation worsening due to the collapse of Gaza’s sewage system and the current rainy season.
The lack of vaccinations in Gaza also poses a risk for outbreaks of diseases like polio or measles, which have regional and international significance. Professor Davidovich urges the international community to take responsibility for aiding Gaza.