1st artificial wave pool in Gaza

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Added On July 10, 2018

An artificial wave pool in the Palestinian Gaza Strip has become an essential attraction for Gazans who have been unable to swim in the enclave's polluted sea. 
 
At Sharm Park in Gaza city, Zakariya al-Banna and his family enjoyed swimming in Gaza's first ever wave pool.
 
SOUNDBITE 1: ZAKARIYA AL-BANNA, Gaza resident
"I resort to safe and clean swimming pools as an alternative to the sea, which is extremely polluted ... this pool is just like a small sea."
 
Municipalities in Gaza have been pumping sewage into the Mediterranean Sea due to the lack of wastewater treatment. The territory has been suffering power outages and fuel shortages since Israel imposed a tight blockade in 2007.
 
Palestinian water and ecology authorities have been unable to import the parts necessary for the maintenance and repairs of water and sewage pumping stations, as Israel bans the entry of such spare parts and machines.
 
The sea is considered as the only relief for Gaza's 2 million populations in an enclave plagued by conflict and hardships.
 
SOUNDBITE 2: SAHAR AL-DALO, Gaza resident
"We do not go to the beach because the sea is seriously contaminated. We do not even go to relax at the beach because of the bad smell coming out of the sea."
 
Industrial wave technology is widely available in a number of countries in the Middle East, but it is unprecedented in the Gaza Strip.
 
The pollution off the beaches along the Mediterranean was a major reason why the park owners decided to build the wave pools, despite the high costs.
 
SOUNDBITE 3, MOHAMMED ABU QASSEM, Sharm Park official
"One major reason to build wave pool was the contamination of the Gaza sea. At least 70 percent of the Gaza shore is polluted. This place is safe and clean. Water is filtered all the time. "
 
The Gaza Strip needs 600 MW of electricity a day, with only 139 MW currently available, 70 of which is supplied by Israel and 14 from Egypt, while the rest is generated by Gaza's sole power plant, applying an emergency schedule for electricity distribution since 2006.