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Israel to remove Palestinian village’s sole water pipe

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

Palestinians living near the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank district of Nablus have been told that the sole water pipeline servicing the area will be removed by Israeli occupation forces as it was deemed “illegal”.

Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israeli settlement activity in the northern occupied West Bank, said that Israeli forces had informed the residents of their intention to remove and destroy the pipeline.

Daghlas said that the pipeline is the sole water source for the area. According to Wafa, 14 Palestinian families live in the area and depend on the pipeline.

Read: Israel reducing water supply to Palestinians in Jordan Valley

A spokesperson for COGAT, the agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, told Ma’an that the pipe was installed in the area as “part of an attempt to build an illegal residential complex at an archaeological site where construction is prohibited.”

However, rights groups have long reported that Israel’s control of water resources in the occupied West Bank has led to water shortages in Palestinian communities which force Palestinians to buy water directly from Israel. Palestinians are prevented from digging their own wells or other projects to enhance water access.

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  • GIVVO6_B

    It is just normal Israeli behaviour. They love to steal land and water, as well as ethnically cleansing the Palestinian population and bombing people in the largest concentration ever seen on earth at Gaza.

  • Ian

    In human scum about time Israeli was crushed. end them a nice earth quake that will turn them into rubble a pity Moses helped them out of their enslavement as they have become a problem ever since, may be the red sea once it parted should have closed in on them all wiping them off the face of this planet soon they will meet their end as the no good race will end.

  • Removing a population’s water supply is never something to be condoned.