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Irish Peacekeepers at risk of E.Coli in Golan Heights- Councillor Chris Andrews

28 October, 2014

Soldiers undertaking peacekeeping in the Golan Heights are risking their health due to contaminants, including E.coli, present in the mains water supply.

Speaking today on the issue, local Sinn Féin Councillor Chris Andrews said:

“The peacekeeper’s water supply was tested recently and the results showed that the sample was contaminated with faecal matter and E.coli”.

“Our troops only get four litres of bottled water a day to both drink and clean themselves with, considering the region is set to reach nearly 30 degrees this week, this limited supply of clean water is wholly inadequate.”

“The cook has to use the water from the mains to cook with and twenty soldiers are going to the doctor this Friday to be tested for possible waterborne diseases. This standard of care for our peacekeepers is deplorable.  These soldiers are already operating in an inhospitable environment and limiting their access to fresh water just adds to the burden”.

“Four litres a day to drink, wash, shave and brush their teeth with is simply not sufficient and I believe this matter deserves immediate attention. I call on Minister Coveney to make a statement on this issue as a matter of urgency.”

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