The latest victims in the Palestinian struggle against the Jews were drowned in filth after an overburdened septic system burst and flooded a village with liquid waste.
The deluge, triggered by the collapse of a septic system aid organisations had long warned was dangerously overburdened, submerged dozens of homes in the Bedouin farming village of Umm al-Nasr beneath a cesspool of foul-smelling effluent.
Two women, one more than 70 years old, and two toddlers aged one and two died in the flood. Fifteen people were injured and scores more are still missing, according to Palestinian medics.
Village children clung to wooden doors floating on the putrid waters as rescuers used boats to help the victims.
“The situation is very bad,” village mayor Ziad Abu Thabet said, comparing the disaster to a “tsunami.” “Around 70 percent of the village houses were flooded by the waters,” he said.
We can only expect the situation to worsen as disease and infection start to spread from the waste explosion.
This may have been avoided had the Palestinians spent money on improvements to archaic infrastructure instead of rockets they can fire into Israel. But the politics of hate are seldom rational.