Israeli authorities have opened the gates of a dam near the Gaza Strip, which led to the flooding of several homes in the enclave, the strip’s Civil Defense Directorate (CDD) announced.
“The (Israeli) army opened the floodgates of a canal leading to Central Gaza, which led to the removal of sand mounds along the border with Israel,” Gaza’s CDD said in a statement, the Anadolu agency reported.
“Opening the levees to the canal has led to the flooding of several Palestinian homes, and we had to quickly evacuate the afflicted citizens,” it added.
According to the CDD, Israeli authorities usually open the floodgates to their dams in the direction of the Gaza Strip without prior notice.
The Gaza Strip is struggling to deal with a severe snowstorm that has been sweeping across several Middle Eastern countries since Tuesday.
The Israeli blockade of Gaza, in place since 2006, has led to shortages in fuel and rainwater drainage equipment, which further exacerbated the situation of the 1.9 million Palestinians in the strip.