SHAFAQNA – Officials in Gaza have confirmed that an estimated 80 houses so far have been flooded after the Israeli authorities ordered the dam open, putting hundreds of Gazans to evacuate their homes.
In some areas water levels rose above 3 meters.
In the wake of a recent severe winter storm in the region, Israeli authorities opened the floodgates to discharge the accumulated water. Residents of eastern Gaza reported injuries as well as deaths of livestock and poultry, caused by the Israeli action which allegedly came without prior notification, Gaza’s Civil Defense Directorate (CDD) said Sunday.
“The [Israeli] army opened the floodgates of a canal leading to central Gaza, which resulted in the removal of sand mounds along the border with Israel,” the CDD announced, according to Palestinian News Agency WAPA. “Opening the levees to the canal has led to the flooding of several Palestinian homes, and we had to quickly evacuate the afflicted citizens.”
Although no casualties were reported, the waters will cause lasting damages to both buildings and fields.
Brigadier General Said Al-Saudi, chief of the civil defense agency in Gaza, told the press on Sunday, “We are appealing to human rights organizations and international rights organizations to intervene to prevent further such action.”
Every year, almost without fail the Israeli authorities have flooded Gaza, using the dam as yet another tool to persecute the Palestinian population have said rights activists in Gaza.