UN: Water supply in Gaza suspended due to fuel shortage

The United Nations announced on Tuesday the suspension of water supplies in the southern Gaza Strip due to fuel shortages, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), quoting the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said: "Due to the lack of fuel, public sewage plants, 60 water wells in the south, the two main desalination plants in Rafah and the central region, the two main sewage plants in the south, and the sewage treatment plant in Rafah have stopped working."

"This poses a serious threat to public health, increasing the risk of water contamination and disease outbreaks, along with the closure of municipal sanitation works," the office added.

Nearly 1.6 million of the besieged Gaza Strip's population of some 2.3 million have been displaced since the war began on 7 October, with nearly half of the internally displaced living in UNRWA installations.