Saturday, 16 November 2013

Sewage floods Gaza streets as lack of fuel plunges strip into darkness


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Sewage has flooded the streets of a central Gaza City neighborhood as an ongoing fuel shortage and the shutdown of the besieged region's sole functioning power plant has caused the failure of the Strip's main waste water treatment plant.

Residents of the al-Sabra neighborhood in al-Zaytoun in central Gaza City were surprised Wednesday night to find the streets of their neighborhood flooded with refuse and waste, compounding the suffering of Gaza residents amidst escalating power outages.

Fuel shortages have caused daily life in the Gaza Strip to grind slowly to a halt, as power plants and water pumps are forced to shut down, cutting off access to basic necessities for Gaza residents.

Even transportation across the 41-km long territory is becoming impossible, as drivers wait for hours at a time for access to small amounts of gasoline.

But the flood of sewage through central Gaza has made even crossing the street a nightmare for local residents. more