Reports and Studies

In focus: the effects of Israel’s military offensive on access to clean and safe drinking water in the Gaza Strip

10-21 May 2021

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17 June 2021

Access to clean and drinkable water is an essential component for the realization of all human rights. Yet, Israel’s May 2021 military offensive targeted, damaged, and destroyed water well systems, water networks and municipal facilities in the Strip, causing a devastating collapse of municipal services, notably municipal water supply. As a consequence, more than two million Palestinians in Gaza were left unable to enjoy their human right to water—a prerequisite for the realization of other rights, such as the rights to an adequate standard of living and health, and indispensable for leading a life in human dignity...