Israel Resumes Water Supply To Southern Gaza – Minister

Israel has resumed water supplies to southern Gaza, according to Energy Minister Israel Katz, while one million residents have fled the Strip’s north to avoid a huge air assault.

“This will push the civilian population to the southern (part of the) Strip,” Katz said in a statement, a week after Israel cut off water delivery to the whole region as part of its “complete siege” of the Palestinian enclave.

He stated that the decision to resume supply came following discussions between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan earlier said that Israel told him it had turned the water supply back on in southern Gaza.

“I have been in touch with my Israeli counterparts just within the last hour who reported to me that they have, in fact, turned the water pipe back on in southern Gaza,” Sullivan told CNN.

The municipality of Beni Suheila in southern Gaza later announced that the village’s water supply had been restored.

Israel launched a ferocious air assault against Hamas militants in Gaza after they carried out a devastating attack on Israel on October 7 that murdered over 1,400 Israelis.

At least 2,450 Palestinians have been killed as a result of the broad airstrike.

According to the United Nations agency that assists Palestinian refugees, an estimated one million Palestinians have been displaced in the first seven days of the battle in Gaza.

“The number is likely to be higher as people continue to leave their homes,” UNRWA director of communications Juliette Touma told AFP.

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