Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Israel blamed for flooding Gaza

From YNet:
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip accused Israel on Monday of being responsible for making flooding worse. According to their claims, the IDF opened a dam between the city of Gaza and the central Gaza Strip, which caused flooding in dozens of houses.

In the Eshkol regional council, which borders the Strip, the claims were dismissed. The council said it knew nothing of such a dam.
Well, the Israelis should ask the Palestine Telegraph, which knows all about this dam!
Many Palestinian houses were under water in Central Gaza after Israel opened a closed dam on Tuesday.

Israeli authorities opened the "Al-Wadi" dam without prior notice after heavy rainfall on the area.
Or ask Iran's PressTV, which gives it a different name:
The locals say Israel intentionally caused the floods, the Press TV correspondent said.

The waters from the dam, called the Valley of Gaza, flooded houses in Johr al-Deek village, which is southeast of Gaza City, and Nusirat in the eastern part of the territory, where the Al-Nusirat refugee camp is also located.
I'm just having a hard time finding any mention of the "Al Wadi" ("Wadi" means "valley") dam on the Internet before yesterday. The Gaza Wadi is along the Mediterranean coast.

It's curious that Israel controls a dam fully in Gaza between Gaza City and the central Strip. I suppose that Israelis must retain an electronic connection to this dam just so they can torture Palestinian Arab civilians, which is of course their hobby.

(h/t sshender)