Water in Jabaliya camp is almost 6 feet high. In other parts of Gaza it's as much as 9 feet. Some UN workers who are assisting to evacuate families say in northern Gaza there's water as far as the eyes an see.
According to official news, rainfall and winter storm have caused "flash floods" in Gaza. Prior to that, the poor infrastructure of the Strip was taken for granted as the cause for the rising sewage water. As always, the truth is different. The entire catastrophe was planned, the responsibility for which lies squarely on the regime at Tel Aviv .. its latest "war crime" as stated by the Government of Gaza. Israel's usual denial mixed with sarcasm carries no weight. It's once again the culprit.
Israel opens a sewage storage east of the Gaza Valley every once in a while to cause environmental disaster. It happened last year in March, and it's happened again recently this year. Hundreds of homes in Gaza were flooded with raw sewage water and farmlands completely destroyed. Israel is aware of the helplessness of the Gazans who cannot use the wastewater treatment plant due to constant power outages resulting from an acute shortage of fuel. Israel has never shown any respect for the environment in West Bank either. Awful environmental damage has been done in various cities of West Bank with frequent use of the foul smelling skunk spray by the IDF.
The cause for "flash floods" is just as deliberate. Though Gaza is at present under a state of emergency because of severe winter conditions, the rising of rain water is caused by opening the floodgates of one of its dams close to eastern Gaza by Israel. It was done without any prior warning to the authorities in Gaza. A week ago Gaza's disaster response committee came to know that Israel was planning to open the dams located east of the Gaza Strip. It warned that the Gaza Valley would soon be flooded within a few hours, appealing to the people to evacuate their homes. A lot of them are still trapped inside their homes, some on their roofs and several have gone missing. Rescue teams are using small boats to evacuate thousands of stranded men, women and children.
Not to forget, the homes of thousands of Gazans were destroyed by Israeli air raids in 2008-2009 and also during the airstrikes in November 2012. At least 600 such families were living in tents who have suffered the most.
It's time for Egypt to end the permanent closure of the Rafah border and allow fuel to pass into Gaza. With vigilance and care, it can be done without any danger to Egypt. It's also time for Hamas in Gaza to forget about Morsi's ouster and reconcile with the Egyptian military and its people with assurances of doing whatever it can to prevent Hamas activists from misusing the reopening of the Rafah border by assisting members of the MB against the present Egyptian government.
An urgent appeal has been made to Pope Francis in an open Christmas letter for helping Gaza. However, it's doubtful if the Pope will heed who is just another stooge of the international power players. Quoting an except from the letter:
"Today’s Israeli Herods have systematically made Gaza a hell on earth by imposing a blockade in violation of international law that has made Gaza an open air concentration camp imprisoning 1.7 million innocent people, half of whom are children. As the world makes merry this festive season, the people of Gaza have deliberately been deprived of fuel by Israel for two months: they suffer in freezing temperatures, with no electricity, no light, no heat, scarcity of food, no essential services, when the waste water treatment plant stopped functioning sewage flooded the streets- then kicking families while they are down so low, Israel opened dams east of Gaza drowning hope and the last vestiges of normal life. Imagine truly if this Christmas you were were in Gaza, ‘suffering with Gazan families, and you have no place to run, can’t get medical help for your hungry and cold children, can’t cook, clean their clothes, keep them dry, warm, safe, happy. Meanwhile the Christian kings of the "free world," Obama, Cameron, Merkel, Hollande, Abbott will attend Christmas mass under a blaze of cameras and their own cruel hypocrisy in full knowledge that the Gaza humanitarian disaster, unlike the Philippines, is man-made. Herod-made."