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Over 90% of water in Gaza Strip unfit for drinking

Elderly man fills water container at public multi-faucet sink of Khan Yunis Water Authority’s wastewater treatment plant. Photo by Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem, 4 February 2014 Gaza's primary water source
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Water Crisis

In 1967, Israel seized control of all water resources in the newly occupied territories. To this day, Israel retains exclusive control over all the water resources on the land between the Jordan River
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Israel cannot shirk its responsibility for Gaza’s electricity crisis

Palestinian women walk along unlit street in Gaza during power blackout. Photo by Mohammed Salem, Reuters, 11 Jan. 2017 Gaza’s electricity crisis, a source of great hardship to over a million and a ha
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Military Resumes Maneuvers in Residential Areas and Grazing Land of Palestinian Communities: Two Communities Displaced and Another Ravaged

Over recent weeks, the military has held several maneuvers in residential areas or grazing land belonging to Palestinian communities. Israel claims that the areas are “firing zones,” despite the fact
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Israeli demolitions in West Bank leave 56 Palestinians homeless

On the morning of 27 September 2016, Israeli authorities demolished 22 structures, half of which were homes, in five Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Fifty-s
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“If they had any human decency, they’d let us hook up to the water pipes that run a meter from our tents”

Palestinians living in the West Bank suffer from a water shortage due to Israeli policy that limits water supply throughout the year, and more so during the summer months. The shortage is particularly
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Masafer Yatta (Firing Zone 918)

In October and November of 1999 the Israeli military expelled the approximately 700 Palestinian residents of a dozen small villages in the southeastern Hebron Hills, east of Route 317. The residents o
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Week of harassment in Jordan Valley continues harm to Area C communities

Structures demolished or slated for demolition Between 12 and 14 January 2016, B'Tselem documented a number of Civil Administration (CA) activities that constitute direct or indirect harm to five Pale
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Military again evacuates Khirbet Humsah residents for maneuvers, orders evacuation of three other communities

A family returns to their home in Humsah. Photo by 'Aref Daraghmeh, B'Tselem, 10 June 2015 Yesterday morning, 10 June 2015, ten Palestinian families were evacuated from the small shepherding community
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24 March 2010: International Water Day: chronic water shortage in the West Bank due to discriminatory division of shared resources

International Water Day, which the UN has marked for 17 years, is devoted this year to water quality, emphasizing the importance of clean water and the need for sustainable management of water sources