Polluted Water Leading Cause of Child Mortality in Gaza, Study Finds

With 43 Olympic swimming pools worth of sewage water flowing from Gaza toward Israel and Egypt daily, researchers say local epidemic is only a matter of time

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A Palestinian boy drinks water from public taps at the al- Shati refugee camp in Gaza city, March 7 2018.
A Palestinian boy drinks water from public taps at the al- Shati refugee camp in Gaza city, March 7 2018. Credit: Wissam Nassar / DPA
Yaniv Kubovich

Illness caused by water pollution is a leading cause of child mortality in the Gaza Strip, says a study by the RAND Corporation, a copy of which was obtained by Haaretz.

The study shows that water pollution accounts for more than a quarter of illnesses in Gaza and that more than 12 percent of child deaths up until four years ago was linked to gastrointestinal disorders due to water pollution. Since that time these numbers have continued to grow.

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