GAZA, July 28, 2011, (WAFA)- A decades-old agricultural water well was destroyed in an Israeli military airstrike, which also injured seven people, including four children, this week in Beit Hanoun, a town north of the Gaza Strip, said an Oxfam weekly report between July 17 and 23.
The airstrike happened on July 17 at around 3:00 am, and also damaged water tanks serving up to 60 people in the neighborhood.
The Emergency Water Sanitation and Hygiene group (EWASH), a coalition of 30 humanitarian organizations in the occupied Palestinian territory including Oxfam, has documented the destruction caused by the Israeli airstrike.
“This is not the first time this year that Israeli airstrikes hit water and sanitation infrastructure,” said Ghada Snunu, EWASH’s advocacy task force officer in Gaza. “Last March, the Khuza’a municipality warehouse was hit by an airstrike destroying a large quantity of essential water and sanitation materials and spare parts to the value of over US$60,000. In April, the Al-Mintar water reservoir in Al-Quba area of Gaza City was also hit in an airstrike, leaving 30,000 people in eastern Gaza city with no water for three days.”
“Israel as the occupying power has to ensure that the Palestinians have access to essential services as required by international law. What we keep witnessing is the opposite – civilian infrastructure, particular water-related facilities, are often hit during Israeli airstrikes depriving people of indispensable services,” Snunu added. more
Port Sudan, Sudan (CNN) -- A humanitarian land convoy heading to Gaza from South Africa reached Port Sudan, Sudan on the Red Sea Wednesday and is destined to become the first relief mission to Gaza from Africa.
"I was inspired last year by the convoys that went to Gaza from Europe, so we asked ourselves; why not from Africa?" said Sheikh Walid al-Saadi of the South African Relief Agency (SARA).
After eight months of preparation, the land convoy which consists of ten trucks, explained al-Saadi, departed Durban, South Africa on June 26 and has passed through seven countries thus far including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.
It is to unload its shipment of humanitarian aid in Port Sudan on ships that will head to Suez, Egypt where members of the convoy will receive their trucks after flying to Egypt from Sudan.
The convoy has received the support of several South African leaders including Bishop Desmond Tutu who said in a YouTube video message: "I want to congratulate SARA and wish them well. You are helping to do God's work; God bless you." more
Urgent Alert for Scottish Aid to Gaza Convoy stuck @ Rafah Military leaders in Cairo are obstructing entrance into Gaza at the Raffah crossing for three trucks carrying medical supplies along with two ambulances. Please show solidarity with the Gazan people by voicing your protest as soon as possible!
(pic: UK parliamentarian Tony Lloyd of the Labour Party is leading the delegation)
GAZA, (PIC)-- A high-profile delegation of parliamentarians from various European countries has met with Gaza Health Minister Bassem Na'im on a tour of the Gaza Strip.
Minister Na'im briefed the delegation headed by British Labor party chairman Tony Lloyd on the effects the Israeli political and economic blockade has had on the Strip's health sector.
According to the figures he presented, 163 essential medicines and 149 medical consumables have run out in the besieged enclave.
Na'im also brought up the ill effects the eight hour a day power outages have had on the hospitals' medical equipment, also blaming the Israeli siege over the situation.
During the meeting, British MP Tony Lloyd said he was shocked at what he saw and promised to deliver a message he received from a young Thalassemia patient to be dealt with on the international forums. The letter addressed the boy's suffering caused by the lack of treatment. more