At least six people died and many more were missing after sewage and mud flooded a northern Gaza Strip village Tuesday morning, officials said.
The hospital in Beit Lahiya reported that an elderly woman, a 1-year-old baby, a 3-year-old child and a 15-year-old girl were among the casualties. Some 15 people were injured.
The Bedouin village, Umm Naser, was flooded when the earth wall of a large cesspool sewage pool collapsed. Palestinians reported that 70 percent of the houses were completely submerged in the sewage, and residents said more than 200 people were still missing in the village of 3,000.
Defense Minister Amir Peretz instructed the IDF to provide assistance to the Palestinians through the coordination mechanism in territories. Peretz ordered the army to prepare for a possibility of evacuating the injured to Israeli hospitals.
A senior army officer, however, told Ynet that the Palestinians had no asked for Israeli assistance in the evacuation of the injured or in the delivery of medications and medical equipment.
Ziad Abu Farieh, the village council head, described the scene of the incident as “our own tsunami.”
Guess who was blamed for this.
Muhammad Dahlan, member of the Palestinian legislative Council, said that the Bedouin village should be declared a disaster area.
“The causes of this incident are the Israeli occupation, the security situation and the disregard and the indifference of the responsible bodies.”
Sorry Charlie, Israel pulled out of Gaza. You have had Gaza to yourself for a year. The blame lies at the feet of the PA.