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Gaza’s battery pileups from the past pose a risk to health and the environment.

Gaza’s battery pileups from the past pose a risk to health and the environment.

By FARES AKRAM
Associated Press

GAZA CITY. Gaza Strip (AP). Virtually every Gaza Strip household relies on batteries to keep it running. This is a result of years-long power outages. Families use batteries to power everything from lights to internet routers, solar panels, and even their computers. Although this has helped to alleviate one crisis, it is causing another. Large quantities of old and used batteries are building up in outdoor landfills. Officials say that in a territory lacking the ability to safely dispose of them, these batteries could bring harm to public health and to Gaza’s fragile environment.

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