“The domestic water tanks have been completely empty since the beginning of this month, in my house and all the houses of our town, and we spend several days without water, and with great difficulty we provide for our drinking and for the essential uses of the house and children.”
Iyad Sandouqa, a Palestinian doctor from the town of Kafr Aqab, north of Jerusalem, describes the tragic situation in which 120,000 Jerusalemites are living, as a result of the suffocating water crisis, and the severe shortage of quantities that reach their homes through the Israeli water companies and authority. Exacerbate their suffering, especially during the summer heat waves.
The Jerusalemite complains about his tragic reality, saying: “We line up in long lines when we buy water from the Israeli company (Mekorot), the hours of the day pass and we are not even able to buy the quantities that should be provided to us as a basic service for our daily life, by the occupation municipality, and not to be sold to us. Exorbitant amounts.”
Sandwa continues, saying: “I buy a water tank that barely meets the needs of two weeks of basic services for 200 shekels, and this is another dilemma that adds to the burden and crises facing all Jerusalemites, as it is not commensurate with their deteriorating living conditions.”
A worsening crisis
This image is repeated on a daily basis around the clock in the town of Jerusalem, and it affects all the homes of Jerusalemites in Kafr Aqab, and the neighborhoods of the northern city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif affiliated to the town of Kafr Aqab, which are Semiramis, Al-Matar, Umm Al-Sharait and Al-Zagheer, according to the media official in Kafr Aqab Municipality, Raed Hamdan .
Hamdan said in an exclusive interview with “Emirates Today”: “The town of Kafr Aqab obtains water suitable for drinking and domestic use from the Occupation Water Authority, and the Israeli water companies (Mekorot) and (Gihon), as it is supplied through the Palestinian Water Authority, and the Jerusalem Governorate.” .
He added that “the residents of Kafr Aqab town have long been suffering from a severe water crisis in all neighborhoods of the town, which has been exacerbated on a daily basis since the beginning of the summer, as a result of the reduction of the quantities supplied by the Israeli water authority and companies to the quantities supplied to the Jerusalem Water Authority, which the residents depend on to meet their essential needs in running the water. their daily life.”
The media official in Kafr Aqab municipality points out that the issue of water shortage is a political issue, as the occupation did not provide Kafr Aqab with sufficient quantity, and reduced the amount of water delivered, which is not sufficient for the needs of the population and is not commensurate with the increased demand for water, especially in the summer.
He shows that the neighborhoods of the town of Kafr Aqab al-Qudsiya need (11,000 cubic meters per day) of water to cover the needs of the population, while the population reaches only 3000 cubic meters, adding, “These quantities before the crisis worsened, but today we do not receive any quantity for two weeks, and other areas up to a month.”
Hamdan goes on to say: “The occupation gives priority to the neighborhoods of settlers and settlements in the city of Jerusalem, at the expense of the Palestinians, forcing the residents to buy water tanks from the Israeli companies that control the water sources and control the quantities supplied to the Jerusalemites. These companies cut off the water from Kafr At the same time, it is the one who sells it to us at prices that do not fit the living conditions of the population.”
The suffering of 120,000 Jerusalemites in the neighborhoods of Kafr Aqab does not stop at the acute water crisis, which is witnessing a severe exacerbation. Rather, it affects all aspects of the daily life of the Jerusalemites. The occupation municipality controls all basic services for the daily life of Jerusalemites, according to Hamdan.
The media official in Kafr Aqab municipality said: “The humanitarian situation in the town of Kafr Aqab in Jerusalem is tragic and harsh. The residents’ suffering is not limited to water only, but suffers from accumulated crises in infrastructure, water and electricity lines, as well as sewage networks, public places and streets.
He shows that the occupation municipality in the city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and the Israeli water companies, deliberately deal with the residents of Jerusalem with racism and marginalization, even though they pay all taxes to the occupation municipality, most notably the roof tax (Arnona), which is imposed on all the homes of Jerusalemites, noting that the occupation compensates for this with scarcity Significant in the basic services provided to the residents of the neighborhoods of Kafr Aqab.
• The issue of water shortage is a political issue. The occupation did not provide Kafr Aqab with sufficient quantity, and reduced the amount of water delivered, which is not sufficient for the needs of the population and is not commensurate with the increased demand for water, especially in the summer.
• The neighborhoods of the town of Kafr Aqab al-Qudsiyah need (11) thousand cubic meters of water per day to cover the needs of the population, while the population reaches only 3000 cubic meters.
The residents of Kafr Aqab have long been suffering from a severe water crisis in all neighborhoods of the town, which has been exacerbated on a daily basis since the beginning of the summer, as a result of the reduction of the quantities supplied by the Israeli water authority and companies to the Jerusalem Water Authority, which the residents depend on to meet their essential needs in running their lives. daily.
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