• Blame flows freely as West Bank taps run dry


    SALFIT, Palestinian Territories: Fatma Ali stands in her small patch of garden in the parched West Bank and wonders how to feed her family of seven when she’s had no water in nearly a week. Ali is one of tens of thousands of Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank who have gone without water in recent weeks, victims of the latest dispute between Israeli and Palestinian officials over the region’s most valuable resource. She and her family are among some of Salfit’s 15,000 inhabitants who have been without water for five days even as temperatures have topped 40 degrees Celsius (105 Fahrenheit). The town—like nearly all Palestinian towns—gets its water from the mains network of Israel, which has diverted supplies to Jewish settlements in the West Bank while the high temperatures persist, Palestinian authorities say.


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