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Israel cuts water supplies to West Bank during Ramzan

JERUSALUM: Israel has cut crucial water supplies to large areas of the occupied West Bank.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been forced to live without safe drinking water during the holy month of Ramzan.

The executive director of the Palestinian Hydrology Group, Ayman Rabi said that in some areas, people have not received water for more than forty days.

According to UN guidelines, 7.5 litres per person per day is the minimum requirement under nornal conditions but in some areas of the Palestinian territories the minimum requirement is much higher.

The municipality of Jenin, several villages in Nablus and the city of Salfit and its surrounding villages claimed to have suffered cuts to their water supply.

Almost 200,000 Palestinians in the West Bank do not have access to running water, and require permission before collecting it themselves, according to a report by Amnesty International