The latest Israeli government figures show the country has been experiencing an unusually high number of wind deaths.
The ministry says that, since December last year, it has registered over 3,000 fatalities, with an average death rate of 10.7 per 100,000.
According to the statistics, the number of recorded deaths rose from 4,813 in December last years to 4,954 in the first half of this year, while the number killed fell from 9,818 in December to 9,958 in the same period of last year.
According the ministry, the increase in wind deaths was partly due to the deployment of more wind-sensitive equipment and installation of more turbines, as well as the introduction of more stringent guidelines to ensure the safety of the people who are operating them.
As the country continues to experience a spike in wind fatalities, there is an urgent need to strengthen the regulatory framework, said Minister of Energy and Water Resources (MEP) Yair Lapid.
Lapid also said that the ministry is working to strengthen air pollution rules and regulations in the field of water supply and sewage treatment, in order to protect the health of people in the region.
A spokesperson for the Palestinian Water Authority (PAW), in a statement on Tuesday, said that Israel has violated international law and human rights by operating a wind farm in the occupied West Bank without the consent of the Palestinian water authorities.
“The PAW is deeply concerned that the current wave of wind power in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is not based on sound scientific evidence and that Israel is continuing to ignore international legal obligations to respect human rights and the environment,” said the spokesperson.
Israel’s wind farms have been operating in the Palestinian territories since the early 1980s.
The Israeli authorities have argued that the wind farms are necessary to meet the country’s electricity needs in a period of severe winter conditions.
But a study published last year by Israeli researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem concluded that the farms were not needed to meet Israel’s needs and that they were harmful to the environment and human health.
Israel has consistently denied that the electricity generated by the wind turbines is connected to the countrys water supply.
The countrys government, however, has repeatedly denied that there is a connection between the wind power and the Israeli water supply, instead insisting that the power generated by wind farms is actually used to power electrical grids.
In recent months, the Palestinian Authority has begun to move to establish a new water grid, which has the potential to provide an even greater amount of electricity to the population.
The new water system, which is being developed in partnership with the Israeli company Technion, will also include a large number of renewable energy projects that will increase the country to a total of 100 megawatts of power.
Israel is currently the world’s second-largest wind power producer with over 2,000 turbines.
In recent years, the country also has been building a new high-voltage power line, which will connect the West Bank to Israel.