The Israeli authorities, on Sunday, demolished a water well in the village of al-Zawiyah in Salfit, central occupied West Bank, and delivered demolition notices to others.
The mayor of al-Zawiyah, Mohmoud Muqdadi, told Quds News Network (QNN) that “over 100 Israeli soldiers accompanied by bulldozers demolished a water well owned by Muath Musleh, and notified locals of the occupation state’s plans to demolish 10 other water wells.”
“The villagers gathered in the area, resulting in the prevention of the occupation forces from carrying out the demolitions,” added Muqdadi, stating that soldiers announced their plans to return to demolish the rest of the wells.
Muqdadi also stressed that “the local community will continue to protest, as they have done in the past, to prevent the occupation forces from demolishing water wells.” The villagers have organized protests that prevented the occupation authorities from building the apartheid wall on the village’s land.
“The locals of al-Zawiya, as well as the municipality, are determined to continue construction and cultivation in order to prevent the occupation state from confiscating it”, Muqdadi said.
“If they demolish a water well, we will build another,” he concluded.
Important to note that Resolution 64/292 of the United Nations General Assembly recognizes the human right to water and sanitation, and acknowledges that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights.