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Israel cuts water supply to Salfit

A Palestinian girl fills jerrycans with spring water in Salfit, West Bank on 27 June 2016 [Nedal Eshtayah/Apaimages]

Palestinian municipal authorities in the occupied central West Bank city of Salfit declared a state of emergency after Israel’s national water company, Mekorot, completely cut off the water supply to the city.

Factories have been forced to close due to the water shortage while locals are now paying for water deliveries to supply their homes using tankers.

Every summer Israel implements a policy of water cuts against Palestinian communities to meet the increased demand for water in illegal settlements.

Israel controls the majority of water supplies in the occupied territories and provides Palestinians with insufficient water for their daily needs, according to the UN’s World Health Organisation’s recommend.

Read: Israeli Separation Wall damages Palestinian water pipeline

Image of dirty water in Gaza [File photo]

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