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For years Gaza's sewage system has been close to collapse.

Beaches along the Strip's 40km of coast are heavily polluted by waste being pumped directly into the sea - 14,000 cubic metres of it per day.

The people who depend on the Mediterranean for their livelihoods are the ones who suffer the most.

Now, work on a new mutli-million dollar treatment plant is underway. Residents are hopeful this will mean the days of dumping waste into the sea are set to become a thing of the past.

Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston reports from Gaza.

Source: Al Jazeera