Gaza's water authority has uncovered a crime Israel has been committing against the Gaza Strip's water supply.
Over the last three decades, Mekerot, an Israeli water company, has been supplying the strip with no more than 5 million cubic meters of water annually, actually an integral part of the water Israel drains from the occupied region's water supply.
The Cairo Agreements, undersigned by both Israel and the then Palestinian Authority, stipulate Israel is obligated to double the amount of fresh water supposed to be supplied to the Gaza Strip (10m cu. meters).
The Gaza municipality operates most of its water wells on electricity, which is currently in limited supply. Power outages have thus caused hours of water shortages. Authorities have blamed Israel's blockade for the shortage of fuel necessary to operate power plants.
Electricity is also used to operate the strip's needed water treatment plants.
The water authority called on the international community to pressure Israel to allow water treatment equipment into the region so it can be recycled to mitigate depletion in the aquifer and save it from deteriorating.
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