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Heat, waste and contaminated water, a lethal cocktail in Gaza

Ramallah, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) Sewage leaks, heat and the accumulation of waste in the Gaza Strip threaten to unleash the outbreak of epidemics and diseases on a large scale, medical sources warned.

The territory’s health authorities insisted in a statement on the terrible living conditions in the coastal enclave after 205 days of attacks by the Israeli army, which caused more than 34,000 deaths and 77,000 wounded.

This situation, together with the high temperatures and the consequent spread of reptiles and insects, threatens to provoke a health disaster, they stressed.

For this reason, they called on international and humanitarian institutions to intervene to deal with the problem.

On the other hand, the municipality of the town of Beit Lahia, in the north of the Strip, announced that the Israeli army had destroyed 70% of the town’s water wells.

The Euro-Mediterranean Observatory for Human Rights warned yesterday that the high temperatures and humidity rocking Gaza will increase the spread of epidemics and, as a result, raise the death toll.

“The scorching temperatures add to the daily misery displaced Palestinians are suffering, amid severe shortages of clean water and major environmental hazards due to the lack of service facilities,” it said.

A report by the Health Emergency Operations Center of the Strip revealed at the end of March that more than one million cases of infectious diseases were reported in the territory due to the overcrowding and poor hygienic conditions caused by the aggression.

It specified that 31,348 cases of hepatitis A, 578,845 of respiratory infections, 318,321 of acute diarrhea and 52,329 skin rashes were reported.

In addition, there were 47,922 cases of lice, 35,336 cases of scabies and 7,643 cases of smallpox.