Pregnant Women and Babies Drink Salty Water in Gaza Due to Israeli Blockade
The bombings that continue to be carried out in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Zionists not only devastate the city of Gaza but as a result of the attack, the conditions of the Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip, are currently reaping the pain of being forced to drink salt water due to the Israeli blockade.
Residents of the Palestinian Gaza Strip, especially pregnant women and babies, are increasingly suffering from the total blockade imposed by Israel so that humanitarian assistance cannot enter the area.
Now tens of thousands of people in the Gaza Strip have to drink salt water that is contaminated due to Israeli aggression.
The report was released by Israeli media Haaretz based on a report from the United States Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as quoted by Al Jazeera.
The US State Department reported that around 52 thousand pregnant women and more than 30 thousand babies under six months old are forced to drink salty or contaminated water in Gaza.
Israel still cuts off all access to clean water for Gazans. The country also cut off access to electricity and fuel needed for desalination and clean water pumps.
Health officials warn that the clean water crisis also threatens Gazans with dangerous infectious diseases.
Earlier, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron emphasized the need to get aid into the Israeli-besieged Palestinian territory of Gaza.
Both leaders expressed concern about the delivery of aid to Gaza and the risk of the Israel-Hamas war spreading, Downing Street said after they spoke by phone on Sunday (Oct 29).
Israeli forces have expanded their ground operations in Gaza while their fighter jets have hit hundreds of Hamas targets in what Israel has called the second phase of a three-week war.
Sunak and Macron have been visiting Israel and neighboring countries since a deadly attack by Hamas gunmen in Israel earlier this month sparked the conflict.
“Both leaders emphasized the importance of getting urgent humanitarian aid into Gaza. They agreed to cooperate in efforts to deliver vital food, fuel, water and medicine to those in need, and to bring out foreign nationals,” Sunak’s spokesman said, citing Reuters.
“They expressed mutual concern over the risk of escalation in the wider region, particularly in the West Bank.”