Sunday, 17 August 2014

Showers dry up as water shortages add to Gaza misery


GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Feriel al-Zaaneen hasn't had a shower in more than a month. Like thousands of Palestinians, she doesn't have enough water to wash, adding to the miseries of life in war-battered Gaza.

In searing summer heat, where temperatures can reach 93 Fahrenheit, Feriel is one of more than 218,000 refugees sheltering in 87 UN-run schools from a conflict that has killed at least 1,980 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side since July 8.

"There's no water here and the toilets are very dirty; this is no kind of life," she said.

Zaaneen, her children and grandchildren, some 50 people, fled the Israeli bombardment of their homes.

She says she faces a daily struggle to get water, a precious resource in the enclave which has been under Israeli blockade since 2006. more

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