Gaza to pump sewage straight into sea as crisis worsens

Sewage water runs next to Gaza Strip’s power plant at Nuseirat, in the central Gaza Strip. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 21 February 2018
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Gaza to pump sewage straight into sea as crisis worsens

GAZA CITY: Municipalities in Gaza announced Wednesday they will pump sewage straight into the sea from the Palestinian coastal enclave due to fuel shortages and the desperate humanitarian situation in the strip.
“The beaches of the Gaza Strip will be completely closed and sewage will be pumped into the sea because the municipalities are unable to provide fuel” for treatment plants, said Nizar Hejazi, head of the Gaza City municipality.
Hejazi also noted “the policy of collective punishment (which) continues to be imposed on the population,” in a statement representing municipalities across the strip.
“We announce a state of emergency in the cities and municipalities of the Gaza Strip,” Hejazi said, noting services would be cut by as much as 50 percent.
The only power plant in Gaza stopped operating last week due to lack of fuel, leaving the strip totally reliant on imports.
Israel has imposed a crippling blockade on Gaza for more than a decade, while Egypt has also largely sealed its border in recent years, with both citing security measures.
Residents currently receive only a couple of hours power per day.
The Rafah crossing with Egypt was opened for four days from Wednesday for humanitarian cases, only the second such opening this year.
Last month the United Nations envoy warned the enclave was on the verge of “full collapse.”


Bahrain’s King Hamad orders reinstatement of citizenship of 551 convicts

Updated 21 April 2019
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Bahrain’s King Hamad orders reinstatement of citizenship of 551 convicts

JEDDAH: Bahrain’s King Hamad issued an order on Sunday to reinstate the citizenship of 551 convicts whose nationality had been revoked as per court rulings, reported the state news agency.
The royal decree is in line with the provisions of Article 24 of Law 58/2006 with respect to the Protection of the Community against Terrorist Acts, stipulating that rulings related to citizenship withdrawal will not be effective unless they are approved by the king.
King Hamad had already given directives to the competent authorities to evaluate the situation of convicts whose citizenship was revoked before the final implementation of the court judgment.
“The study and evaluation of the situation of convicts should be based on criteria pertaining to the seriousness, impact and consequences of the crimes, as well as on the danger the convict may pose on national security,” said the Bahrain News Agency.
King Hamad also instructed the minister of interior to study and evaluate the citizenship revocation rulings and to prepare a list of reinstatement beneficiaries.