The Trump administration has announced it will pump clean water to Gaza and the West Bank during a $15 million event this week.
The announcement comes as U.N. inspectors said in February that they had uncovered widespread water contamination at Gaza’s border with Israel.
The United Nations said the contamination was linked to the treatment of sewage, water treatment plants, and wastewater treatment facilities.
“The United States has been leading the world in providing clean water for our people for more than three decades,” Trump said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We are proud to announce our intention to work with the international community to provide clean water and sanitation to the people of Gaza, as well as the Palestinians, as part of our commitment to a sustainable, just, and secure future.”
The announcement marks a shift in U.P. policy on water.
Prior to the announcement, the UP had been encouraging the U,S.
to use clean water as a weapon against the Palestinians.
The U.T.O. and other international groups have accused Israel of intentionally using contaminated water to prevent Palestinians from using it for drinking, cooking, and other basic needs.