The Gazan authorities have alleged that at least 80 Palestinian homes have been flooded after water levels in the Gaza Valley (Wadi Gaza) rose to almost three meters, forcing families to evacuate after Israeli authorities opened several dams.
Brigadier General Said Al-Saudi, chief of the civil defence agency in Gaza, told Al Jazeera: “Israel opened water dams, without warning, last night, causing serious damage to Gazan villages near the border. More than 40 homes were flooded and 80 families are currently in shelters as a result.”
“We are appealing to human rights organisations and international rights organisations to intervene to prevent further such action.”
Firstly, let me personally assure the good (?) general that there will no further action, mainly because there wasn’t any such action to begin with. You see, there simply are no dams in southern Israel, and rainwater, admittedly rather wet, tends to go with the flow. Prior to the storm, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories allowed the transfer of four water pumps belonging to the Palestinian Water Authority from Israel into Gaza to supplement the 13 pumps already in the Gaza Strip in dealing with any potential flooding throughout the area. Such gratitude was met by the usual dissembling. The last time the Palestinians parroted ‘dam’ lies was in 2013 during a similar period of bad weather. And it’s high time this calumny was blasted out of the water.
Meanwhile, the Gazans would do well to better prepare themselves for wintry inundation. After all, time and tide wait for no man.