Oxfam said it had to suspend efforts to chlorinate water supplies in Gaza because of the violence. Oxfam's local director, Nishant Pandey, estimated that 90 percent of drinking water in Gaza is unsafe to drink; taps for 100,000 people have been cut off because a pipeline and wells have been destroyed. "Water pumps and sewage plants could stop functioning within days because of severe shortages of fuel," Mr Pandey warned. And according to Oxfam, hospitals in Gaza could run out of fuel to power generators within days.
A health centre in Beit Hanoun that specialises in prenatal and antenatal care was badly damaged and is now unable to operate. "We are supporting other clinics that are continuing to try to provide services, Mr Pandey said. "But many are in areas that have seen heavy air strikes, and local people are scared to try to reach them."
By Kitty Knowles
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