Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gaza accuses IDF of deliberately shooting a shell INTO a water tank

From Middle East Monitor:
The Municipality of Gaza has criticized the Israeli occupation forces for targeting drinking water sources in the Gaza Strip as part of a deliberate policy. The municipality mentioned specifically the fact that Israeli forces attacked Al Mintar water tank and polluted its contents.

"Israeli tanks targeted Al Mintar water tank in Qibah, which supplies the eastern parts of the Shujaiyah neighbourhood," said a spokesperson in a press release. An artillery shell landed in the 12-metre long reservoir; this not only contaminated the water but also forced the municipality to stop pumping water from the tank, causing a water crisis in the district. Water is now being pumped from another tank in an effort to ease the crisis but the municipality said that there is still a severe water shortage.

Such an attack, claims the municipality, amounts to a "crime against humanity". It called on the international community to take on the responsibility of curbing Israeli aggression against Gaza.
Sounds like a difficult shot to get an artillery shell to land inside a tank. Wouldn't it be easier just to bomb the thing? But those Jews are crafty, knowing that contaminating the water with an artillery shell will bring just the perfect amount of suffering to innocent Palestinian Arabs - no more, no less.

I tried to find this tank on Google Maps. This is the only round structure I could find in the Quba (Qibah) neighborhood:

It also happens to be one of the closest points to the Israeli border that has trees which could cover people shooting mortars or rockets. Here is how far the (possible) tank is from Nahal Oz in Israel (click to enlarge):

While the Gaza press statement and other reports didn't detail the date that the water tank was hit, just saying it happened over the weekend, Islamic Jihad announced that it shot six mortars directly at Nahal Oz on Friday night, 7:18 PM. Two more groups announced they shot mortars or rockets towards Nahal Oz on Sunday. The area around that structure is the perfect launch area.

But while Israel is under attack, no doubt the IDF is aiming its weapons to contaminate water inside a water tank, not at people shooting rockets. After all, it has to be guilty of "crimes against humanity," right?

(h/t Cesar)