PCHR Sends Urgent Letter to Concerned Authorities in Gaza on the Health Hazards of the Poisonous Emissions from Khudair Warehouses for Pesticides and Fertilizers
Date: 16 September 2021
On Thursday, 16 September 2021, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights sent urgent letters to 9 of the concerned authorities in the Gaza Strip demanding immediate action to remove the poisonous materials and emissions coming from Khudair Warehouses for Pesticides and Fertilizers in northern Gaza, or to evacuate the local residents to spare them dangerous health effects that may affect at least 3,000 persons.
PCHR contacted the Hamas Movement Chairman’s office manager in Gaza on the subject and informed them of the situation and its critical implications. PCHR also sent letters to the Gaza Attorney General, Deputy Minister of Health; Police Director General; the Civil Defense Chief; Deputy Minister of Local Governance; Mayors of Gaza and Beit Lahia; Deputy Minster of Agriculture; and the President of the Water Authority.
These letters were based on information and complaints that PCHR received from community members that report on the ongoing emissions of smoke from Khudair Warehouses for Pesticides and Fertilizers, exuding foul smell and poisonous gasses that cannot be withstood. They also reported the presence of rashes on persons living in the area, and 3 women miscarried for unknown reasons. PCHR followed the matter and approached health and environment experts who expressed their concern that these poisonous materials may infiltrate to the underground -due to them burning and the resulting chemical interaction- during the winter when rain comes; thus, poison the underground water in the area.
It should be noted that on 15 May 2021, IOF bombed the warehouses of the Khudair Company for Agricultural Supplies, owned by Mahmoud I. Khudair, and Medor Company for Agriculture, owned by Suhail Khudair. Both companies had 6 warehouses built on an area of 4.5 dunums. The warehouses are located by the Beit Lahia sea shore in northern Gaza Strip. The bombing destroyed the warehouses and set them on fire, including all contents. The fire was raging for 12 days as the Palestinian Civil Defense was unsuccessful in