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UAE to build three desalination plants to supply Gaza with water

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The United Arab Emirates has pledged to build three desalination plants in the besieged Gaza Strip to supply war-torn residents with essential water supplies as the Israel-Gaza conflict enters its 40th day.

The Joint Operations Command at the Ministry of Defence said the plants would be built in the Rafah area of the Gaza Strip as part of the ‘Gallant Knight 3’ humanitarian operation, state news agency WAM reported Thursday.

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The production capacity of each plant is 200,000 gallons per day with a total of 600,000 gallons, benefiting 300,000 people per day.

WAM said the initiative “symbolises the UAE’s historic stance of support and solidarity with the brotherly people of Palestine, particularly in light of the challenging circumstances they are facing.”

Israel began its campaign against the Hamas group that rules Gaza after militants rampaged through southern Israel on Oct. 7. Israel says 1,200 people were killed and some 240 people taken hostage in the deadliest day of its 75-year-old history.

Israel has vowed to destroy Hamas, but has not put forward a plan for after the war as to who would govern Gaza.

Israel has put Gaza’s population of 2.3 million under siege and carried out an aerial bombardment. Gaza health officials, considered reliable by the United Nations, say about 11,500 Palestinians are confirmed killed, around 40 percent of them children, and more are buried under the rubble.

Israel has ordered the evacuation of the entire northern half of Gaza, and around two-thirds of residents are now homeless.

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