“First of all, there’s going to have to be a massive restoration operation”

“The day after the operations end, there’s going to be lots of work to do” - Diamond

“The day after the operations end, there’s going to be lots of work to do” – Diamond

June 27, 2014. “Clearly, first of all, there’s going to have to be a massive restoration operation”, Gisha executive director Eitan Diamond said in an interview for Globes (Hebrew). Diamond added that “the day after the war, there’s going to be lots of work that will require Israel to reconsider the restrictions it imposes, especially on the entrance of building materials into the Gaza Strip”. Globes also reported (Hebrew), based on Gisha figures, that about 80 million liters of untreated sewage has been flowing into the sea from Gaza every day and that a third of Gaza’s water wells are not functioning.

In an interview (Hebrew) for TheMarker, Iman Jabbour, Gisha research director, said: “The tunnels on the Gaza-Egypt border started shutting down in June 2013 and the situation in Gaza slowly deteriorated even further. Now the infrastructure in Gaza is collapsing and it looks like the beginning of a humanitarian crisis. It’s not just as a result of the war: the infrastructure was in a fragile state because of the closure policy. Israel had imposed severe restrictions on the entrance of construction materials and spare parts that were needed for repairing and developing the infrastructure.