Israeli authorities have resumed water supplies to the Gaza Strip after agreeing on the issue with the United States, Energy Minister Israel Katz said. writes TASS.
“The decision to resume water supply at a certain point for residents of the southern Gaza Strip was agreed upon by the Prime Minister [Израиля Беньямином] Netanyahu and the President [США Джо] Biden, it is consistent with our policy and allows us to tighten unprecedented measures to blockade the Gaza Strip <...> until Hamas is destroyed,” he said.
The resumption of water supply was previously reported by Sky News and Al Hadath television channels.
Following the outbreak of hostilities between the Palestinian group Hamas and Israel on October 7, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant ordered a complete blockade of Gaza. On October 8, the electricity supply was stopped, and on October 9, the water supply was interrupted. On October 11, the only power plant in the Gaza Strip also shut down due to fuel depletion.
On October 15, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) opened the humanitarian corridor from Gaza for three hours. The army suspended shelling of the Salah ad-Din highway from 10:00 to 13:00 local time (the same as Moscow time) for the passage of the population.
Since the conflict began, more than 3,500 people have been confirmed killed on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides. Palestinian militants also abducted Israeli residents and visitors en masse on the day of the attack on October 7; according to Israeli authorities, about 150 people remain hostage.