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Qalqiliya flooding exacerbated by separation wall
Published Sunday 06/01/2013 (updated) 08/01/2013 10:07
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QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Rainfall over the last 24 hours has flooded large tracts of land in Qalqiliya, with water unable to drain off in areas near Israel's separation wall, locals said.

Agricultural land and residential properties have been ruined by the excess water build-up, farmer Ahmad Salmi said, with flooding causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Houses near Israel's separation wall, which completely encircles the city of Qalqiliya, suffered extensive damage, engineer Walid Jeedi said, blaming the water build-up on insufficient drainage systems along the separation wall.

The flooding has also caused extensive environmental damage along the wall's route, destroying trees and plants, he added.

Rescue crews from Qalqiliya's municipality did their best to rescue homes, but could not prevent further flooding as the limited drainage system on the separation wall can only be opened from the Israeli side.



Liason official Muhammad Shawer said that local authorities have contacted the Israelis, who promised to fix the problem.

When the 435-mile barrier is complete, 85 percent of it will have been built inside the occupied West Bank. In 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled that the separation wall was illegal and "tantamount to annexation."


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1 ) John D / UK
08/01/2013 06:59
In one of the pictures above, you can see a mechanical digger being used to clear rubbish and debris from the flood gate. Howver, the controls for the flood gate are on the Israel Army occupation side of the wall and they routinely are late in opening the floodgates to let the flood water drain away. They also are remiss in allowing rubbish and debris to accumulate on their side of the wall. The simple answer to the problem: tear down that wall !!!!

2 ) Ray / UK
08/01/2013 13:06
I often wonder what kind of minds the israeli people have to allow this kind of terror on a civilian population. Their Racism will come back to them.

3 ) Alex / Israel
09/01/2013 12:44
"I often wonder what kind of minds the israeli people have to allow this kind of terror on a civilian population. Their Racism will come back to them." their mind is to stop suicde bombers getting in

4 ) Mike / U
25/03/2013 15:00
"their mind is to stop suicde bombers getting in"
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