Boy Drowns In Sewage Water Basin in Gaza

According to PCHR, poor sewage infrastructure in Gaza poses a threat to “the safety and security of Palestinians – especially children”

On the afternoon of 11th of February, Ahmed al-Zein, 10, from Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip went out with his friends to hunt birds. They made their way to a sewage water basin near the Bedouin Village where the birds gather. Approximately an hour later, Ahmed’s family learnt that he had fallen into the sewage basin. His family rushed to the basin along with crews of civil defense workers, who managed to find his body three hours later.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is now demanding an investigation into the drowning and for those responsible for providing protective measures around the basin to be identified and held responsible. 

“PCHR has warned of the risks threatening the lives of residents in the Bedouin Village due to the presence of the mentioned sewage water basins and the leakage of waste water to the groundwater aquifer,” they explained in a press release. They were particularly critical of the fact that this kind of incident had occurred before and yet little action had been taken to avoid recurrence.

Back in December 2011, two siblings died in a sewage basin near Khan Younis refugee camp. In March 2007, north of Beit Lahia was flooded and five Palestinians from a Bedouin Village died and another 20 sustained injuries when the sewage basin overflowed.

The children of Gaza may soon be able to enjoy green and sustainable schools yet beyond the school gate they face significant risks due to poor sewage infrastructure. Insufficiently protected sewage basins are a real threat that need immediate action. Indeed, it has now emerged that a large-scale infrastructure project has begun in Gaza.

Home demolitions have taken place in Gaza City (with some serious criticisms about the expulsion of residents without explanation) to clear the way for a sewage and water network. According to Ram Almeghari, a journalist living in the the Gaza Strip: “Over the past five years, the Gaza authorities have been unable to commence reconstruction projects across the coastal enclave due to continued lack of raw materials, caused by the Israeli blockade of Gaza. This is the first time since the blockade that Palestinians in Gaza are able to execute major infrastructure projects.”

A municipal engineer also acknowledged the serious need for repairs in the region – let’s hope that securing sewage water basins is a priority.

: Image via Olly L/flickr.

For more on Gaza see:

Gaza’s Green Schools Fuse Islamic Architecture and Sustainable Design

Gaza’s Smuggling Tunnels Into an Underground Metro?

Gaza’s Stunning Water Murals (PHOTOS)

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  2. JULFIKAR says:

    this image can be from Gaza, but such things are so common in Indian villages or small towns, I think it’s now time for doing something for the victims, by publishing such articles may be the reporter is highlighted and earned a lot of money but does it changes any thing to the victims, not only children but all……..

  3. arthur gamon says:

    Amazing nothing can be done to build new sewage treatment facilities, but a nice new 4 star hotel can be built, as well as new shopping malls. I guess it is harder to moan about no new 4 star hotels and new shopping malls than moan about no new sewage treatment facilities. Strictly a matter of priorities. I note also a new seaside strip is in the process of being planned and built. Guess this is more important than the treatment facilities.

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