Skip to comments.Israel Offers Assistance in Wake of Gaza Sewage Disaster
Posted on 03/27/2007 11:15:36 AM PDT by SJackson
(IsraelNN.com) Israel has offered assistance to hundreds of Palestinian Authority Arabs affected by a flood of raw sewage that swept through a Bedouin village in the northern Gaza Strip Tuesday afternoon. Defense Minister Amir Peretz instructed the IDF to prepare for the possibility of evacuating the injured to Israeli hospitals. The village, Umm Nasser, is near Beit Lahiya and less than a kilometer from the Gaza Strip border with Israel.
At least 25 houses in the 200-family village were immediately swamped when the local sewage system's cesspool wall collapsed and pipes burst. Between six and nine people are reported dead, dozens are injured and some 200 are unaccounted for. Hundreds fled or were evacuated by rescuers, and armed Hamas members rushed to the area to search for victims trapped in the rubble of the decimated village.
Angry residents attacked rescue workers, drove reporters out of the area and mobbed government officials who arrived at the scene. When PA Interior Minister Hani Kawasmeh arrived to survey the damage, his bodyguards fired in the air to disperse the crowd.
While Umm Nasser Council Member Ziad Abu Farieh called the flood "our own tsunami," PA officials laid the blame for the disaster on Israel and the Western powers. According to PA Environment Minister Yousef Safia, Israel threatened to bomb previously planned construction work for a modern sewage system in the area.
A Gaza-based spokesman for the ruling Hamas terrorist organization, Fawzi Barhoum, blamed Western economic sanctions on the Islamist-led PA for the dilapidated infrastructure in Gaza. Foreign funding for several sewage treatment projects was frozen by the donor nations after Hamas was voted into power in PA elections last year. PA Water Authority Director Fadel Kawash said that there had been a sewage treatment project underway for two years before it was ended due to what he called "troubles." He blamed Tuesday's accident on the poor local infrastructure as well.
who could tell the difference?
They need to learn the lessons of New Orleans; don't live below sea level, and don't live downstream from a cesspool.
The same old whining and the blame game. They have been given aid money for infrastructure by the bag loads over the years. Did they use it for that purpose? No. They are more interested in C-4 vests, Qassam rockets, green uniforms and stockings for their heads. Wiping Israel off the face of the map is their only concern. Everyday living is not on their agenda. So get a load of this when they ask for more welfare money. This is the dividend on your investment.
The arabs wallow in their own filth anyways. Whats the difference? Israel should let them drown in it.
Somehow, these savages and their dwellings being destroyed by their own excrement, waxes very poetic.
I try to be sympathetic but the "Palestinians" are so relentless with their finger-pointing and blame-shifting that I end up just laughing at their exoticly miserable circumstances.
Fill in the blank and you could just as easily be describing New Orleans. Giving money to politicians is the surest way of insuring that it is spent on anything but what you gave it to them for.
There are worse ways to die, but this has to rank up there near the top.
"Angry residents attacked rescue workers, drove reporters out of the area and mobbed government officials who arrived at the scene."
Huh? Did the fumes retard their brains? Attack rescue workers? That's intelligent.
Why? It only helps the finger pointing, not to mention it's aiding your enemies.
My feelings too. Let the evil palis swim in it!
They made it. And Israel is even more foolish for wanting
to help these hateful, evil people. Let their "unity government" solve their own "unity" problems.
These bastards spend the last 40 years burning our flag, killing our citizens, cheering terrorists, plundering aid sent to them, waging unending war against our allies, blinding their own children with hate and now they find themselves, quite literally in the sewer.
You reap what you sew, you dumb bastards. You are exactly where you belong and I have no sympathy for you.
... the original facility was built by Israel in the 1980s and was meant to service about 50,000 and is not capable of handling the current population of some 250,000 dependant on the system.
Any bets on how long it will take to blame Israel for this disaster since they built the original structure?
Do the Palestinian ever pay for anything or building anything themselves?
"They have been given aid money for infrastructure by the bag loads over the years. Did they use it for that purpose?"
Surely does remind one of the Dems in NO. They used their levee maintenance funds to build infrastructure for casinos.
Reminicent of last weeks shooting of an Israeli electrical worker restoring power to Gaza. Except these workers are palestinians. But who cares, shoot them anyway.
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