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Israel opens dams’ gates, floods Gaza

A Palestinian boy stands in the middle of the water in al-Mughraqa village of the Gaza Strip following a move by Israel to open the gates of several dams surrounding the area, February 22, 2015. (© AFP)

Hundreds of Palestinians have been forced to evacuate their homes in the Gaza Strip because of a move by the Israeli regime to open the gates of several dams surrounding the besieged area.

“The [Israeli] army opened the floodgates of a canal leading to central Gaza, which led to the removal of sand mounds along the border with Israel,” GAZA’s Civil Defense Directorate (CDD) said in a statement on Sunday.

“Opening the levees to the canal has led to the flooding of several Palestinian homes, and we had to quickly evacuate the afflicted citizens,” the statement further read.

The directorate also lashed out at Tel Aviv for opening the dams without giving prior notice to Gaza’s residents, saying the regime intentionally discharged a huge amount of water in the direction of the strip.

Palestinian medical sources said no casualties have been reported so far as a result of the incident.

Meanwhile, reports said the rescue teams from Gaza’s Ministry of Public Works managed to evacuate more than 80 Gazan families after the water levels hit three meters in the area.

Back in January, hundreds of Palestinians left their homes which were heavily flooded as a result of the storm “Huda.”

The displaced families have extreme difficulty rebuilding their houses as the Israeli regime imposes a strict restriction on the imports of construction materials into the Gaza Strip.


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