Protesters Accuse Israel of Restricting Palestinians' Access to Water

Published June 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Hundreds of Palestinian children received bottles of drinking water during a demonstration in the West Bank town of Hebron against what organizers said was Israel's discriminatory policy of water distribution. 

Activists from the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem handed out the water, which they said was needed because Israel was cutting off the occupied West Bank as the region faces a heat wave and water shortages. 

"Water rights are human rights," Tomer Feffer, a spokesman from B'Tselem, told AFP. 

The West Bank town of Ramallah has been particularly hard hit by the shortages, residents said. 

The question of water supplies is one of the key issues in ongoing talks between Israel and the Palestinians to establish their final future relations. 

Israeli and Turkish officials held talks in Ankara earlier this month on a major Middle East water deal that would provide Israel with fresh water carried by tankers across the eastern Mediterranean - HEBRON (AFP) 

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