Herders in the West Bank are facing an “acute water shortage” and are on the “brink of an emergency,” the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has warned, saying it was stepping in to provide immediate assistance. The problem is both natural and man-made, stemming from three successive years of drought and a frost during the past winter, as well as access problems caused by Israeli settlements, ring-roads, nature reserves and expanding military zones which, taken together, are preventing Palestinian herders from moving their herds from place to place in search of grazing land and water, the ICRC said. (IRIN)

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