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Wed Apr 24, 2013, 11:00 PM


Water Restrictions In Area C Threaten To Displace Villages

Despite winter rainfall which has painted green patches on the rolling south Hebron hills, the 145 residents of Tuba face a daily struggle to access the most basic levels of water needed to survive.

Like 70 percent of Palestinian communities in Area C, Tuba is not connected to the water network.

The weekly sight of a water tanker negotiating the rocky sand-colored terrain to reach the village is a welcome relief for residents, but only a temporary measure to ease the humanitarian impact of an acute water shortage.

Located in 30,000 dunams of land designated by Israel as a closed military area, or Firing Zone 918, Israel's Civil Administration forbids all construction in Tuba. Villagers live in caves and tents and depend entirely on cisterns and tankered water to meet their daily needs.

"These communities live in conditions similar to that of a post-disaster situation, such as an earthquake or tsunami," Advocacy Task Force Officer for EWASH, Alex Abu Ata, tells Ma'an.



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