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PHOTOS: Floods hit Gaza as war-hit infrastructure struggles

Hard hit during the summer’s war, civilian infrastructure is having a hard time coping with heavy rains.

Photos and reporting: Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

The latest storm to hit the eastern Mediterranean region flooded large areas of Gaza City this week. The Al-Nafeq neighborhood, one of the lowest areas of Gaza City, suffered from severe flooding, exacerbated by the damage Gaza’s civilian infrastructure sustained during the war with Israel this past summer.

Entire streets were flooded with as much as 1.5 meters of water. A number of people, primarily the elderly and children, were rescued from the hardest-hit areas by emergency responders.

The homes in the neighborhood, many of which haven’t yet been repaired since the war, are now sustaining water damage. A large number of residents, having only returned to their homes in recent weeks since the war, were forced to take their belongings and leave once again.

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

Residents of Al-Nafaq in high waters flooding the neighborhood, Gaza City, November 27, 2014. Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org

 

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    1. Tomer

      If Gaza’s arabs don’t enjoy living there, they can move to any of the 22 states in the Arab World.

      They must learn to accept Israel and leave it in peace.

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      • Baladi Akka 1948

        The Arabs of Gaza are going nowhere ! That is, the 80% of them who are refugees or descendants of refugees from ’48 Palestine are going home some day. You better get used to it, and if you’re not happy with it, you’re free to leave to one of the 52 states in the US for instance.

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        • Sluggo

          I love how you are wiling to,have Palestinians suffer while you perpetually feed them an unrealistic dream.
          And you may want to count the number of US states.

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      • Monique Koller

        You have a nerve saying that. Many of them have parents and grandparents who used to live in what is now Israel and left because of the 1948 war. Its not like its so easy to leave and find somewhere else. They have a right to be where they are.

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        • Ginger Eis

          No, miaam, YOU “have a nerve saying that” – running your mouth about stuff you have no understanding of. Close to a million Jews were ethnically cleansed from Arab countries “because of the 1849 war”. Those Jews resettled in Israel, have licked their wounds and moved on. Today they form an integral part of the Jewish Family in Israel, are prosperous and make up majority of the Israeli citizenry. The Arabs should do the same. If not, why not? Here is additional info (compressed version) for you, while you ponder.

          Watch. And weep!

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTo0BLG9R8s

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      • Whiplash

        Tomer, have a little compassion. You know as well as I do, that the Arab states do not want the Palestinians. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza would leave for Europe where they are loved by leftists. The problem is that the EU does not want them either.

        The Green Prince, son of a major Hamas leader, said the only solution to the Palestinian problem is the elimination of Hamas and then Palestinians might be able to give up their addiction to violence and seek peace and prosperity instead of unending conflict until the end of time.

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    2. Mike K

      Tomer,

      It is the jews that stole their land and must leave.

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      • Ginger Eis

        I am no supporter of +972mag but I slightly appreciate it for one thing: it’s a gathering place for among others (closet) leftist anti-Semites who are camouflaged as “human rights activists” (and you may in fact be a Jihadi). It is on this site that their veils come off and it becomes obvious that their goals and interests have wholly nothing to do with human rights (of which they know nothing of and do not care about), but everything to do with their sick obsession with Jews and denying Jews Self-determination in their Ancestral Homeland – with the goal of continuing the slaughter of the last centuries until 1948.

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        • It is not true that GE does not support 972. Many tune in daily for the cartoon of the day.

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    3. The Trespasser

      Investing in terror tunnels instead of sewage = deserved to swim in own shit.

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    4. Joel

      Test firing their latest rockets instead of building infrastructure.

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      • andrew r

        You can learn how to spot hypocrisy by reading what Israelis say about their enemies. Israel gets 2-3 bn a year in military aid and dumps garbage in the West Bank. Read about the Zionist love for Eretz Israel. And weep.

        http://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-treats-west-bank-its-garbage-dump/8235

        The Israelis earlier buried the carcasses of thousands of chickens infected with the avian flu virus near Nablus in the northern West Bank, said Mtoor. The PEA also uncovered 500 barrels of insecticide in Hebron in the southern West Bank. (…) Israel’s illegal settlements regularly dump garbage and discharge wastewater into West Bank rivers and streams.

        By the way Ginger, it’s illegal in the US to dump garbage in bodies of water, in case you’re about to bring out your favorite stock line.

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        • Bar

          Tomorrow is Sunday and they’ll bring out the “Jews are poisoning wells” story. Then on Monday they’ll bring out the “Jews are sending out viral diseases” story. And so on.

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        • Joel

          @Andrew

          You’ve linked a 5+year old article and the chicken story is even older.

          Even if your news was current, it has little to do with what’s happening in Gaza, which is not ‘occupied territory’.

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    5. Tomer

      arabs in aza have to decide whether they want Israel to live in peace.

      If not, OUT they go!

      Have a nice day!!

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    6. Lo

      Well, +972’s community of hasbarists continues to prove itself to be a calm, collected, and compassionate bunch. I would say you’re all good Samaritans but that might be anti-Semitic.

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    7. Bar

      So this is an anti-Hamas article, critical of the elected Gaza government that is expert at building tunnels for war, but somehow isn’t expert at building tunnels for sewage and drainage. About time 972 started criticizing the Palestinians.

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    8. Eric

      Wonder what all the comments would be like if it was the Warsaw Ghetto that is being flooded

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