An Israeli human rights group says the West Bank is facing a severe
water shortage largely as a result of what it calls "discriminatory"
The rights group, B'Tselem accused Israel
Tuesday of discrimination in the distribution of joint water resources
between Jewish settlers and Palestinians. It warned that a water
shortage would have serious repercussions on the economy and health of
tens of thousands of Palestinians.
The group said Israel also
limits the Palestinian Authority's ability to drill new wells. It said
the effects of several years of drought will make a water shortage even
worse in coming months.
The Israeli water company, Mekorot,
denied the allegations. It said it has provided more water to the West
Bank than is required under the 1993 Israel-Palestinian Oslo peace
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.