The Turkish Red Crescent has announced its readiness to resume work on renovating the water supply networks in the Gaza Strip. The besieged territory suffers from a severe potable and irrigation water shortage as a result of the blockade that has been imposed for five years. The first task for the relief organisation is the renovation of the water pipes damaged by the Israeli attack on Gaza in 2008/9; the project covers eight sites in the Strip and when completed will serve 400,000 Palestinians.
Over the past two years, the Turkish Red Crescent has been working on projects to help solve the water crisis in Gaza. It has recently completed the renovation of reservoirs serving 50,000 residents. It is estimated that up to 90% of the water available in Gaza does not meet World Health Organisation standards.