Thursday, April 12, 2012

Palestinians Lose Water Access as Israelis Take Over Springs

Ein Al Ariq spring near Nablus, a Palestinian city in
the northern West Bank. Following its takeover by
Eli settlers, the spring was renamed Ein Hagvura.
(Photo courtesy OCHA)
GENEVA, Switzerland, March 21, 2012 (ENS) - Palestinians are losing access to water sources in the West Bank as Israeli settlers take over springs. The settlers use threats, intimidation and fences to ensure control of water sources near the settlements, finds a new United Nations survey released today.

Thirty of the springs were found to be under full settler control, with no Palestinian access to the area, according to the assessment carried by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs over the course of the past year.

The survey identified a total of 56 water springs close to the Israeli settlements, the majority of which are located in Area C - which represents over 60 percent of the West Bank where Israel retains control over security, planning and building - and on land parcels recorded by the Israeli Civil Administration as privately owned by Palestinians.   READ MORE

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