Israel systematically destroys environment in Gaza

PRESS TV MARCH 5, 2012

A Palestinian environmentalist says the Israeli regime is engaged in systematically destroying the environment in the Gaza Strip by dumping sewage into the Gaza Valley and its surrounding areas, Press TV reports.

Iyad al-Qatrawi, a member of the Environment Quality Authority based in the occupied West Bank, emphasized in a Press TV interview on Sunday that the Israel opens a sewage storage east of the Gaza Valley “every once in a while and causes environmental disasters.”

Dozens of Palestinian homes in Gaza were flooded by untreated sewage after elements of the Tel Aviv regime opened a storage located to the east of the impoverished territory on Sunday.

“Sewage water is surrounding our homes… It flooded our farms… It has destroyed everything. Rescue teams tried their best to help, but they do not have enough equipment to deal with the huge problem,” said a Palestinian resident in Gaza.

In addition to causing environmental problems in Gaza, the Israeli regime persistently denies about 1.5 million people in the besieged Palestinian territory their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and the right to decent living, work, health and education.

“This is new Israeli aggression against the people of Gaza. They (Israelis) are trying to make us abandon our homes. We have been under Israeli blockade for several years. It is about time for the international community to make a move and stand by the people of Palestine,” said another Gaza resident.

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