Gaza Strip: Sewage water floods village; at least nine killed, scores injured

Published March 27th, 2007 - 01:46 GMT

Um Al Nissirat, a village in the northern part of the Gaza strip was flooded with sewage water on Tuesday.  It was described by Palestinian media outlests as a "natural disaster." At least nine Palestinian civilians have been killed and many others are injured or missing.


Ground-level holding pools erupted midday, flooding the village and leaving at least 200 homes under water.


According to medical sources, nine residents have arrived dead at Kamal Adwan hospital and countless numbers are injured.  Since there are homes that are completely under water with the residents still inside them, the death toll is expected to rise.


Um Al Nissirat is inhabited by poverty-stricken unemployed residents who live in tin houses. The residents have blamed the Palestinian Authority for not solving the problem before this disaster took place. Their homes having been repeatedly flooded by sewage water in the past years and as a result many of them are suffering from the spread of disease.


According to the International Middle East Media Center, Hani al-Qawasmi, Palestinian Interior Minister, rushed to the village to survey the damage.  However, he came under attack from angry gunmen who fired shots over his head and was whisked to safety in a police car.


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