December 18, 2023

The reverberating public health and
environmental risks from the war in Gaza

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Israel’s response to the October 7th brutal Hamas attacks not only inflicted massive human suffering from indiscriminate bombings, but also worsened the already dire humanitarian conditions, further jeopardizing livelihoods and ecosystems Palestinians in the Gaza Strip depend on.

This new report by PAX demonstrates how the massive use of explosive weapons in populated areas and rural communities also bring reverberating environmental health risks in the medium and long-term. Drawing on open-source research and data-sets from various researchers, the study identified key areas of destruction that pose acute health risks from exposure to a range of toxic and hazardous materials, exacerbate water insecurity, and are poised to have long-term impacts on groundwater and land-use.

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