April 3, 2002, GMT 1500
URGENT: Israeli forces cut off all water supplies to Ramallah
The two messages below were posted today at The Electronic Intifada's
Live From Palestine section at http://www.electronicintifada.net/diaries/
The occupation forces have turned off the water supplies to the WHOLE of
Ramallah seriously endangering 120,000 people. This action is a grave
breach of the Fourth Geneva Conventions.
PLEASE write and call the U.S. government immediately to demand
specifically that the water be turned back on and that Israel be forced to
end its occupation.
*U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell
Direct line: (202) 647-1512
Public Affairs Bureau: (202) 647-6575
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Wednesday, April 3, 2002
Israeli military turns off water to all Ramallah
Al-Bireh/Ramallah, Occupied Palestine -- We have been without water
since this morning. I just confirmed that the Israeli Military has
taken over the main pumping station located in Betounia, next to the
Preventive Security Building that was heavily shelled 2 nights ago.
They have tuned off the pumps to ALL of Ramallah. Our water
department does not know if any damage was done to the pump.
We are calling on all to immediately bring this up in your media,
talk shows, officials, etc. DEMAND ISRAEL TO LET PALESTINIANS HAVE
ACCESS TO THEIR WATER. Ask your media to inquire with Israeli and
The whole of Ramallah and Al-Bireh are now utilizing their 24hr
reserve tanks on the roofs of their homes. This is all being done as
other Palestinian cities are facing the same Israeli rampage that
Ramallah is facing.
The situation is critical and needs immediate action.
Wednesday, April 3, 2002
Ramallah is without water
Ramallah -- I hope you get this message soon. The situation in
Ramallah is as follows: many parts of the town continue to be
without water. Even with the problems of water solved, it will not
reach most homes because 6 out of 9 electrical feeding stations are
No electricity means no water, no sewage pumping (serious for public
health) and no ovens can work to bake bread, among other problems.
Five of the main feeding stations that provide electricity to
Ramallah and 24 western villages are located in the Ramallah
industrial zone. The electricity company is not allowed by the
Israeli army to reach the area to fix the problems. The company was
given the ok this morning to fix two other feeding stations in the
Al-Bireh area, where the governorate and President Arafat are
located, but as they go out this morning, they are being harrassed
and believe they are in danger.
What we need is immediate intervention to get the feeding stations
fixed in the industrial zone and in other areas. Without
electricity, there will be no water and no bread and a major public
health disaster. I hope you can work on this issue.
The information in this email comes from the electricity company.
about 120,000 people in Ramallah and surrounding villages are
without electricity at this moment.
Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University.