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Israel 'opens dams' flooding Gaza Strip near Deir al Balah
Published Friday 13/12/2013 (updated) 14/12/2013 19:57
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Gaza government's Disaster Response Committee announced late Friday that Israeli authorities had opened up dams just east of the Gaza Strip, flooding numerous residential areas in nearby villages within the coastal territory.

Committee chairman Yasser Shanti said in a press conference that Israeli authorities had opened up dams just to the east of the border with the Gaza Strip earlier in the day.

He warned that residential areas within the Gaza Valley would be flooding within the coming hours.

He said that the move by Israeli authorities would flood areas in Moghraqa and other parts of Deir el-Balah in central Gaza, and he called upon residents of areas near the Gaza Valley to evacuate their homes in preparation for the anticipated flooding.

The Gaza Strip is currently under a state of emergency due to severe weather conditions caused by a historic storm front moving south across the Levant.

Fuel shortages have caused daily life in the Gaza Strip to grind slowly to a halt since early November, as power plants and water pumps are forced to shut down, cutting off access to basic necessities for Gaza residents.

Lack of diesel fuel is a result of the tightening of a seven-year-long blockade imposed on the territory by Israel with Egyptian support.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the State of Israel since 2006.
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1 ) ABE / USA
13/12/2013 19:07
How far will Hamas go! Now they blame the weather on ISRAEL!!

2 ) howard / usa
13/12/2013 19:09
I was waiting for the blame Israel spin

3 ) southparkbear / usa
13/12/2013 19:29
the question is who should get wet? israel chose to let gaza. make sense

4 ) southparkbear / usa
13/12/2013 23:31
ok #1 & #2 if you promise to keep a secret. israel has been experimenting with seeding could with silver iodide mixed with white phosphorous. As in clinical study protocol what you see is Phase I. in Phase II they will run the test on places inhibited with people

5 ) Peter Hindrup / Australia
14/12/2013 01:41
If this were happening anywhere else, emergency aid would be being rushed in, rescue equipment and medical aid. Instead, in an emergency largely created by Israels blockages, which have limited material and fuel needed to maintain infrastructure, Israel has opened the dams, further compounding the problems. Past time that the International community took over, putting Israel and the Palestinian remnants under military control --- permanently if necessary!

6 ) talknic / Australia
14/12/2013 04:48
@ 1) WOW! The weather opened the dams. AMAZING @2) So Israeli authorities didn't open the dams? AMAZING! @3) Makes sense to someone who has absolutely no compassion

7 ) Cartman / USA
14/12/2013 04:54
Time to donate some more money to the BDS movement!

8 ) Lilith / The World
14/12/2013 09:00
Oh dear. this is quite funny really. Maybe someone should tell Hamas to pay their power bills.

9 ) Jews / USA
14/12/2013 09:42
Jews are living illegall Palestinian lands.They are doing everything possibel to destroy the Palestinians, economic seige, bombming, kidnapping young kids and people, daily bases. Fro every Phraoh there is moses

10 ) Michael Greenwald / Thailand
14/12/2013 10:23
Dear Editor, there are no rivers in Israel immediately east of Gaze. So, there are no dams. Perhaps you are referring to one or several of the wadis. These run during heavy rains as is happening now all over the Med and middle?east. The area getting?flooded is called a "flood plain," implying "do not build there." But every once in a while there is a flash flood and when that happens the Gazans blame it on israel.

11 ) Michael Greenwald / Thailand
14/12/2013 12:14
I forgot to mention that the Gaza people tried out this lie a few years ago when the same thing happened. I guess it worked pretty well as your blog swallowed it. A number of Egyptians and some in other countries drowned in that flash floods (but not in Gaza) which like this one was caused by torrential rains. One might think that this publication might just do its homework before reprinting something by a disreputable source and not pass on propaganda to the public like it was truth.

12 ) samyon / GAZA
14/12/2013 13:35
Israel is coming to an end ... Because they are racist

13 ) Maureen / Australia
14/12/2013 14:38
No wonder Israel is hated.

14 ) Roy / USA
14/12/2013 15:31
LOL. There are no dams or rivers east of the Jordan river. What a pathetic lie.

15 ) Tommy Tank / UK
14/12/2013 16:54
@14 Can you name the mythical ''dams or rivers east of the Jordan river''?

16 ) Maureen / Australia
14/12/2013 17:27
On Friday, Israel opened a main crossing with Gaza to allow in fuel supplies and four water pumps to help relieve flood damage

17 ) joseph j guider / USA
14/12/2013 17:30
If this story is true , then the US should immediately cease the foreign aid to Israel. These palastinians are human beings , for God sakes what's happened to humanity on this planet.

18 ) Benny / USA
14/12/2013 19:22
Israel is vile terrorist state. Those who stand with it are defending not only theft, but every illegal inhumane policy that their criminal government endorses. Gaza is the victim of the new neo Nazis being the IDF, and the illegal squatters in the Knesset

19 ) yon7391 / USA
14/12/2013 21:25
There are no rivers east of Gaza. So who would build dams in the wadi? Even without dams, the rains would have brought flooded wadi for a few hours. It is a fact of life in desertic flood plains. This too happens in Arizona and New Mexico and is it Israel's fault? Probably not since Hamas does not rule Arizona... Yet.

20 ) CK / USA
14/12/2013 21:52
There's not a shred of truth to this. The Palis can obviously print whatever they want. Journalistic integrity is nonexistent in any Muslim land.

21 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/12/2013 21:57
To Lilith #8: 'Oh dear. this is quite funny really...' I have no doubt you find it amusing. Don't watch any Holocaust documentaries. You'll fall right out of the chair.

22 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/12/2013 21:59
To Roy #14: 'LOL. There are no dams or rivers east of the Jordan river. What a pathetic lie.' Your lack of understanding of geography is impressive. Note that the article itself makes no reference to the Jordan River.

23 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/12/2013 22:01
To Tommy Tank #16: '@14 Can you name the mythical ''dams or rivers east of the Jordan river''?' Well, there's the Yarmouk -- but that misses the point. The only people who perceive any connection between this and the Jordan River are Zionist baboons.

24 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/12/2013 22:05
To Michael Greenwald #10: ' So, there are no dams....The area getting?flooded is called a "flood plain," implying "do not build there." ' Actually one does dam wadis so as to save any run-off for agriculture. Of course, opening the dams when doing so will victimize the people living downstream would be the Israeli touch. As to 'do not build there,' it wasn't the choice of Gaza's inhabitants to move there. Most of them are there because Israel herded them there, and won't let them out.

25 ) Lana / US
14/12/2013 22:17
Yes - dams. "Wadi Gaza which flows during the winter season, originating from the Hebron mountains in the east and ends at the seashore south of Gaza, has been blocked by Israel. Several dams were built all along the way preventing the water from flowing into the Gaza Strip which otherwise would've provided a valuable source of water to be used for irrigation and for compensation for the lost pumped out water." http://bit.ly/1fdTH26

26 ) Sally / USA
14/12/2013 22:25
''The Gaza government's Disaster Response Committee announced late Friday that Israeli authorities had opened up dams just east of the Gaza Strip, announced late Friday that Israeli authorities had opened up dams just east of the Gaza Strip.'' And you muppets believe that? But you do ask what aid the Gaza government's Disaster Response Committee has supplied.

27 ) Robert Anderson / USA
14/12/2013 23:00
We need a dam to open and wash away the Zionist rulers of Israel.

28 ) Sca / UK
14/12/2013 23:11
The comments of the pro Israelis are sick and shocking. Shame on you all

29 ) Outlier / USA
14/12/2013 23:46
Lots of nonsense here - in the article and the comments.

30 ) southparkbear / usa
14/12/2013 23:55
it's time to turn gaza to venice of the islamist world

31 ) Lilith / The World
15/12/2013 00:06
ANYONE BEEN THERE?? I have and there are no rivers. Look on a map. Once again this has nothing to do with Israel in fact Israel took pumps in to get rid of the water. So suck it up twits.

32 ) samara gordon / israel
15/12/2013 00:18
Gaza flooding forces 5,000 from homes 'Large swathes of northern Gaza are a disaster area' The Associated Press Posted: Dec 14, 2013 12:15 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 14, 2013 12:15 PM ET Rescue workers evacuated more than 5,000 Gaza Strip residents from homes flooded by four days of heavy rain, using fishing boats and heavy construction equipment. Rescue workers evacuated more than 5,000 Gaza Strip residents from homes flooded by four days of heavy rain, using fishing boats and heavy constructio

33 ) LIAM DEVLIN / IRELANDTHE
15/12/2013 00:55
HAVE LIVED THROUGHT THE TROUBLES WHAT I S THE UN DOING ABOUT THIS

34 ) Ros D / UK
15/12/2013 01:47
To those asking if this is true - this article is complete and utter lies. Israel has transferred water pumps and fuel to Gaza to help them. They also transfer tons of aid given every week. As for those maintaining Israel is a terrorist state and the usual BS, all I can say is, there are gaps in their ignorance.

35 ) Cal / USA
15/12/2013 01:51
It never ceases to amaze me the ignorance of people who want to hate on Jews! A simple click of a mouse on a map of Gaza can demonstrate that there is 1"river" flowing through Gaza & that "river" is dry 99.9% of the time. A further click, to "bird's eye view" & a sweep of the mouse across the Judea & you can see there are no "dams" in southern Israel. Here we are in the age that provides us with facts & reality at the touch of a mouse button, but haters are too lazy to search for truth.

36 ) Alida de vries / Netherlands
15/12/2013 02:28
It is not true....there is not even a dam close to there hahaha Really, those people use anything to blame Israel...sad, sad people

37 ) ian / australia
15/12/2013 02:37
#10 'The area getting?flooded is called a "flood plain," implying "do not build there." ' Yes, Michael, the reservoirs in the Negev aren't exactly the Aswan Dam and the Nahal Be'er Sheva isn't the Nile. And perhaps a "flood plain" in the path of a raging wadi isn't the most desirable place to build, but the people in Gaza didn't get a say in it, did they? They lived in Beersheba and Ashkelon, both within the Arab state proposed in 1947, and safe from flooding after torrential rain, before being

38 ) ian / australia
15/12/2013 02:39
(contd.) transported in trucks to Gaza so Jews could "make the desert bloom".

39 ) Andrew P / USA
15/12/2013 03:25
A very poorly written article. I would at least like to see a MAP showing what was done. What was flooded? Where is "Deir al Balah" anyway? The article hardly told me much more than the headline.

40 ) Michael Greenwald / Thailand
15/12/2013 04:02
For all you Israel-haters out there here is a dandy link to a map showing water resources flowing into Gaza. No rivers. I submit this link because i know you would rather hate Israel as opposed to actually having facts: http://fanack.com/countries/opt/in-depth/water/water-resources-in-mandate-palestine/ "Surface water in the region consists of the Jordan River and intermittent streams. The Jordan River however, is the only watercourse that can be used as a source of surface water."

41 ) Sam / U.S.A.
15/12/2013 05:51
LOL, too funny. I guess in Israel they prayed for a lot of rain to strike Gazza and G-D listened to their prayers. LOL

42 ) karen / Australia
15/12/2013 06:01
Amazing as there are no dams in the area!

43 ) natan / israel
15/12/2013 10:03
If someone could tell me where these dams are I shall personally make a trip to photograph them and post on this site. The whole scenario is totally ridiculous - pls. people check your facts.

44 ) AbleToSeeThruTheirZionaziLies / New Zealand
15/12/2013 13:09
As to no bodies of water or dams in Southern Apartheidland. May I draw your attention to THE SHIKMA Seasonal Reservoir. And seeing that snow and rain has been falling for days I'd suggest it was full and it's been spilled. So all you american Christians (by the way - do you know those racists in apartheidland HATE Christians . . .google it ) try to engage a brain cell or two

45 ) Hanzie / Netherlands
15/12/2013 13:50
Blame you Mr. Editor! The IDF are helping these Palestinians instead of these liars. Complain, complain, complain. Get a life, start to build something up, instead of this looser beheviour.

46 ) Adi / Israel
15/12/2013 16:21
bwahahahahah now we in control of the weather as well? they to funny these choppie ignoramaces maybe we can do other things as well wooooooooo

47 ) Tommy Tank / UK
15/12/2013 17:06
23 ) Colin Wright / USA ' Well, there's the Yarmouk -- but that misses the point''. It does indeed miss the point and it misses Gaza as it flows in the wrong direction. Well can you name the mythical ''dams or rivers east of the Jordan river''?

48 ) Joop / Netherlands
15/12/2013 17:21
Gaza is west of the Jordan. Ooooh these hasbaras..... There used to be a temporary river, in the rainy season, from the Naqab through the Gaza strip to the sea till Israel cut this stream off by a damn dam.

49 ) Mel / USA
15/12/2013 19:04
"Hundreds of houses in central Gaza Strip were flooded as the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday afternoon opened the earth dams east of the town of Wadi Al-Salaqa in Dair El-Balah.The IOF established many earth dams east of the Gaza Strip to collect rainwater to use it; however in case the levels of water increase they open these dams and water flows to Gaza.Palestinian sources told Quds Press that the rescue teams and civil defense have evacuated 40 families..."(AJZ today)

50 ) Walt / Germany
15/12/2013 19:16
Interesting - except for Iranian and Palestinian "news" agencies, there is not a single reliable agency in the world that has reported this ... because it's a fake?

51 ) Mel / USA
15/12/2013 19:29
Israel's EARTH DAMS are everywhere around Palestinian villages that have natural Wadi aquifers. IOF releases,with bulldozers,the earth,letting rain water flood down onto low-lying Palestinian villages.These earth-dams built with IOF bulldozers,are used frequently(in winter)to FLOOD out Palestinian villages.http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/not-enough-extreme-weather-israel-deliberately-floods-east-of-gaza-again/

52 ) Mou'yed I. Ismail / Palestine
15/12/2013 19:31
Israel considered as the final occupation force on earth, specially east to Deir al Balah city their is dam of Wadi Al-Salaqa and this dam specially used to collect rainwater, so what the strange that Israel occupation force to open this dam ?? moreover this is no one can stop them !!!

53 ) autumn leaf / canada
15/12/2013 19:41
dams / no dams... gaza is flooding coz israel shortade / gaza is flooding coz Hamas do not pay their power bills that makes me sick. TO LIE ON THE HEAD OF THOUSAND OF HUMAN BEINGS. huge crime.

54 ) Colin Wright / USA
15/12/2013 20:54
To Tommy Tank #47: '23 ) Colin Wright / USA ' Well, there's the Yarmouk -- but that misses the point''. It does indeed miss the point and it misses Gaza as it flows in the wrong direction. Well can you name the mythical ''dams or rivers east of the Jordan river''?' This is like talking to a dog. The only person who thinks 'east of the Jordan' has anything to do with Gaza is you. There's no such reference in the article.

55 ) Colin Wright / USA
15/12/2013 20:56
To Walt #50: 'Interesting - except for Iranian and Palestinian "news" agencies, there is not a single reliable agency in the world that has reported this ... because it's a fake?' This tactic is old. The Holocaust deniers discovered it decades ago.

56 ) Maureen / Australia
15/12/2013 20:59
#16 Soooo big hearted of Israel, showing a tiny bit of humanity to its prisoners suffering in Gaza! Now how about you get your own ID!

57 ) southparkbear / usa
15/12/2013 21:01
if gazen pray 6 times every day it may help, if not try 7 or 8.

58 ) Blame the Jews! What else is n / USA
15/12/2013 21:55
You would think that with all the billions of dollars that the 'international community' has pumped into the 'impoverished coastal community' someone would have done some flood planning. But no.... Instead, they're blaming Israel.

59 ) ForFun / Palsmerica
16/12/2013 18:46
Well, I guess, it pathetic to know how many ignorance are there, so no blame. Yes, There are no rivers in Gaza, but they had few Wadi's there some, they believed it will preserve the water!!!. but it is Ironic to say, when you comment from Thailand and Australlia and the USA with 0 background other than what you already have from the No Media you watch them no blame. Oh Pathetic. And by the Way Hammas don't present me. But I'm human being who had enough from people lies and blindness.

60 ) Colin Wright / USA
16/12/2013 22:30
To Blame the Jews! #58: ' But no.... Instead, they're blaming Israel.' The dams are in Israel. Who exactly do you think should be blamed for opening them?

61 ) Colin Wright / USA
16/12/2013 22:42
To Cal #35: '...A further click, to "bird's eye view" & a sweep of the mouse across the Judea & you can see there are no "dams" in southern Israel. Here we are in the age that provides us with facts & reality at the touch of a mouse button, but haters are too lazy to search for truth.' By 'haters' you must be referring to yourself -- and you are a liar to boot. 31 degrees, 31' 6" North, 34 degrees, 33' 47" East, for starters.

62 ) ian / australia
16/12/2013 22:51
#59 "...but it is Ironic to say, when you comment from Thailand and Australia and the USA with 0 background..." Yes, it's been like school. We've learnt Israel doesn't really have rivers or dams (not like in Australia) but it has wadis (valleys) which are mostly dry but can have flash floods after heavy rain. We've learnt they can be blocked with "earth dams" to save water and unblocked with bulldozers if too full. Obviously the water goes somewhere and the Disaster Response Committee chairman

63 ) ian / australia
16/12/2013 22:52
(contd.) says it's Gaza. Deir al Balah. (We even learnt where the Yarmouk River is...well, some of us.) And I'd point out there's no great journalistic failure here as Ma'an accurately reports what the Hamas official said. But far from being the hoax, the "pathetic lie", claimed here...the story seems entirely believable. The attitude expressed in #3 ("the question is who should get wet? israel chose to let gaza...") is probably quite accurate. Whether it added enormously to the natural disaster

64 ) ian / australia
16/12/2013 22:54
(contd.) engulfing Gaza is another matter (though the siege obviously did).

65 ) ian / australia
17/12/2013 13:45
#35 "A further click...& you can see there are no "dams" in southern Israel." Google Maps shows lots of dams in Southern Israel, Cal. Near kibbitzes Re'im amd Kissufim. Just where they would flood Deir al Balah in central Gaza, like the Hamas official said. Also nahals. Or maybe they're "limans" (desert wadis blocked with earth). I am learning so many new words to use when I "want to hate on Jews!"

66 ) maxime / france
18/12/2013 00:59
incredible all those comments full of hate and without any compassion. you can laugh about Gaza, but that means you have no more soul. Gaza is bravely standing and will overcome, and you we'll be the desaster and the shame of your people for the next generations. those who laughed at palestinian human misery and forgot their humanity.. fantastic example of double standart morality.. receive all the contempt you deserve

67 ) William Wallace / Scotland
18/12/2013 14:42
So many mocking comments, no spirit of human kindness, especially at this special time of year. Does it really matter at this point how this disaster happended, the point is it did & people are suffering, Human beings just like evry one on this page (or possible not, judging by some of the posts). 66 comments, but not one link to a charity where people on the outside can donate to help. Social Networks show Hamas & the factions on the ground helping as best they can, we should be helping too.

68 ) ABE / USA
18/12/2013 19:45
#66 We all feel compassion for the Palestinian people. But stop blaming Israel for EVERYTHING! hey here's a great idea, why not show some compassion for ISRAEl! just a thought!

69 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/12/2013 22:14
To Natan #43: 'If someone could tell me where these dams are I shall personally make a trip to photograph them and post on this site. ' You can start with 31 degrees, 31' 6" North, 34 degrees, 33' 47" East. Look forward to the pix.

70 ) Wisam - Facts from a Gazan / Gaza
19/12/2013 00:05
Various ignorant or agenda driven comments. - No rivers east of Jordan river>Fact: Gaza is to the west of Jordan, u morons. - No rivers, no dams> Fact: it is a seasonal river, or wadi, Israel has a dam just before it enters Gaza. Israel steals water all the time leaving the wadi dry, but if there is a lot of rain they open the dam. sometimes days after the raining days. creating a flooding.

71 ) Raouf / USA
19/12/2013 00:28
There is no dam east of Rafah! This is a total fabrication. As for the fuel for the powerplant, Hamas refuses to pay the going rate negotiated by the PA it has nothing to do with the blockade. There are plenty of legitimate issues with Israel, why are people making this up it damages credibility on the REAL atrocities.

72 ) ian / australia
19/12/2013 12:03
#8 "Oh dear. this is quite funny really. Maybe someone should tell Hamas to pay their power bills." You have a strange idea of funny, Lilith. How about the Fogel family? Was that "quite funny really"? They stole some land, decided to live on it and the people they stole it from killed them. To be REALLY funny you could say Udi Fogel should have paid the rent. That's EASILY as funny as people in Gaza evacuated from flooded homes in the middle of winter with no power, in the cold, wet and dark.

73 ) ian / australia
19/12/2013 21:27
To #10, 11, 14, 19, 20, 26, 29, 31, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 42, 43, 59, 71...Why don't you people respond when challenged? Colin even gave map coordinates. I couldn't understand them, but that's me. Military types should have no trouble. It's like you make a big propaganda dump and have nothing else to say. No follow through. Why is that? Hmmm?

74 ) ian / australia
20/12/2013 03:45
#68 "...here's a great idea, why not show some compassion for ISRAEl!" southparkbear's claim about "being connected to academia both in israel and the U.S" is STILL the biggest laugh of 2013 but that's a close second, ABE. (I don't know if you mean generally or "compassion" for Israelis effected by the storm...but the point surely is that Israel is affluent and organised with first-world emergency response...while Gaza is crushed, blockaded, over-crowded and poverty-stricken making it horribly

75 ) ian / australia
20/12/2013 03:46
(contd.) vulnerable to disasters like this...what with having the single power station targeted and destroyed in Cast Lead, the embargo on diesel and flooding from Israeli "dams" and all.)

76 ) Joop / Netherlands
23/12/2013 14:44
I am annoyed by all these yankees and Aussies who know nothing about the issue but have to bark their nonsense here. Read a book, for instance by Ilan Pappe or another ?New Historian?. If you want to see the truth you can find it. YOU think you are so civilized, but in fact you are running miles behind. The UN vote for dedicating 2014 to Solidarity with the Palestinian People, had 105 votes. Only 7 votes against: Israel, US, Canada, Auwstralia, Palau, Micronesia, Marshall Islands

77 ) dale / USA
26/12/2013 18:45
There is no dam or river. There is a reservoir and a one meter wall that can't be opened or closed. During the storm it overflowed. Iam very disappointed that Maan would print such allegations without checking out the facts first. This destroys their credibility on other issues when they may be telling the truth. It is supposed to represent a "responsible" palestinian media. what a disappointment. when they hurt their credibility, they don't help the palestinian cause
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