Wash Cluster: 266 Palestinians displaced including 146 children since 2021 beginning
28 demolition incidents against 46 Palestinian WASH structures have happened since the beginning of 2021, displacing 266 individuals, including 146 children, and affecting 794 people according to WASH Cluster in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Three mass demolitions occurred in the neighborhoods of Humsa Al Bqai'a, Ras At Tin, and most recently Ibziq, according to the WASH Cluster in a factsheet. When compared to the same period in 2020, the damage of WASH infrastructure has increased by 40%, with a 300 percent rise in the number of individuals affected.
Due to a lack of permissions to construct and connect to water networks, Palestinian communities in ‘Area C' suffer everyday obstacles in accessing safe and inexpensive water. Hundreds of women, men, and children's lives and livelihoods are jeopardized as WASH infrastructure is demolished and communities are denied access to water, which is exacerbated by COVID-19 and a severe heatwave.
The destruction of water pipes, storage tanks, and cisterns exacerbates the impacted communities' water vulnerability. Families are finding it more difficult to get the minimum amounts of water required for their drinking, household, and livelihood needs, despite the fact that water is essential for animal reproduction.
Furthermore, the seizure of mobile water tanks and access restrictions hinder affected individuals and towns from obtaining trucked water to meet their basic water needs.
As a result, many people have run out of options and coping techniques, and are frequently compelled to flee their homes in search of secure water sources for their families and cattle.
The WASH Cluster urged the international community to lobby Israeli authorities to recognize the basic water buildings in Area C as essential humanitarian capital that should not be demolished.
It also urged the Israeli occupation authorities to allow humanitarian aid into the affected communities and to ensure that WASH assistance is protected as a lifesaving response, as well as UN Member States to increase funding for water projects that address the needs of the most vulnerable communities in Area C through capacity building and material assistance interventions.