Hundreds of Palestinians forced to flee as Israel opens dams into Gaza Valley


Your News Wire has the story Hundreds of Palestinians forced to flee as Israel opens dams into Gaza Valley.

More than 80 homes have been flooded and hundreds of Palestinians forced to evacuate after Israel opened the gates of several dams on the border with the Gaza Strip. Water levels reached more than three meters.

Also reported by Al Jazeera in the article Gazans flee floods caused by Israel’s dams opening.  Juan Cole also has an article Hundreds of Palestinians flee as Israel opens dams into Gaza Valley.

Hundreds of Palestinians were evacuated from their homes Sunday morning after Israeli authorities opened a number of dams near the border, flooding the Gaza Valley in the wake of a recent severe winter storm.

Honest Reporting claims to debunk the story in the article Dam Busted: Palestinian Lie Exposed.

Of course, this story has made the rounds of anti-Israel social media. It is, however, easily debunked as a complete lie. As the Spokesperson’s Office of the unit of Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) relayed to HonestReporting:

The claim is entirely false, and southern Israel does not have any dams.

I am certainly no expert on the dams of southern Israel, and whether or not they do exist, and whether or not they could impact Gaza.

I did find an Israeli web site Gaza Border: Courage and Determination along Israel’s Gaza Border.

One of their photos (with their caption) is:

Nir-Am Reservoir looking into Gaza

I don’t know if this reservoir has any dams qualified to be non-existent in southern Israel, or whether this or other dams could be related to the story about floods in Gaza. Perhaps someone could carry my research a little further to see if there is any truth in any of the sides of this story.

Warning: There may be some sarcasm in what follows.
Is it possible that COGAT forgot about this reservoir? The IDF (Israeli Defense Force) surely wouldn’t lie about a fact that is so easily checked.

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