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Alert on the destruction of Gaza’s biodiversity

Ramallah, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The Palestinian Authority for Environmental Quality warned today that the massive Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip threaten a large-scale catastrophe due to the damage to the territory's biodiversity.

In a statement issued on International Biodiversity Day, the agency denounced that the aggression affected plant and animal life in the coastal enclave. “The comprehensive destruction of the infrastructure caused the contamination of water, air, and soil, turning the land into mountains of waste,” it stressed.

It also warned about the damage caused in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

The region is witnessing the deliberate destruction of natural and environmental resources, the demolition of land, the burning of forests and agricultural fields, the dumping of industrial waste and residues, and water, soil, and air pollution, it stressed.

In a report presented last January, the agency stated that the components of wildlife, both plant and animal on the land and in the sea of the Strip, are subject to extermination as a result of the use of all types of weapons.

It noted that the war campaign resulted in the destruction and killing of wildlife habitats, as well as the burning of all forms of plant life, including trees, shrubs, and grasses, some of which are endemic.

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