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Israel blamed for water crisis in Hebron neighborhood near settlement

Oct. 27, 2008 6:35 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2008 6:35 P.M.)
Hebron - Ma'an - Families living near the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, in the West Bank city of Hebron, have been without access to water for several weeks, residents of the neighborhood reported on Monday.

At least one resident accused settlers of cutting off a key water pipe that supplies the area. Locals are asking the Hebron municipal government to fix the pipe. Officials at the municipality say that the Israeli authorities, who control much of the water grid in the West Bank, are to blame.

Emad Az-Zeer, the director of the water authority at the Hebron Municipality said he made "several requests" to the Israeli side but has received no answer.

Emad Hamdan, the director of the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee said his organization would ask the international Red Cross to intervene and alleviate the water crisis.

Residents of the neighborhood say that water stored in individual families' tanks ran out over a month ago.

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