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Gaza beaches safe for swimming after many years of warnings

Many of Gaza beaches, some of the besieged enclave's only recreational options, are safe for swimmers following a series of projects to clean up the sea.
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For many years, local municipalities have warned Gaza's beachgoers against swimming in the ocean due to the pollution from wastewater being dumped directly to the sea without treatment due to long hours of power cuts.

However, on May 29, the Water and Environment Quality Authority announced that currently, 65% of Gaza's beaches are safe for swimmers. It said it has teams monitoring the water quality in coordination with the Health Ministry, the Ministry of Local Government and the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility.

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