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Issue No. 2442

Israeli army opens  floodgates

Israel flooded sections of the Gaza Strip when it opened the floodgates of dams near the border last Sunday, Gaza’s Civil Defence Directorate (CDD) reports.

At least 80 homes were flooded and hundreds of Palestinians were forced to evacuate after the floodgates opened without warning.

“The [Israeli] army opened the floodgates of a canal leading to central Gaza,” stated the CDD.

“Opening the levees to the canal has led to the flooding.” 

Gaza has been hit by a number of floods since the Israeli assault last summer.

The bombardment destroyed more than 100,000 Palestinian homes, as well as sewage and drainage systems.

Activists jailed by Egyptian court

Leading Egyptian activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah was sentenced to five years in jail and a £8,600 fine after a retrial in a Cairo court on Monday of this week. 

Alaa was sentenced along with 19 others who received up to three years. Their lawyers will appeal this new sentence.

They were all arrested in 2013 under a law which outlaws protests that take place without the permission of the military. 

They had been demonstrating against the law and the introduction of military courts for civilians. Their families and supporters in the court chanted in protest after the verdict.

Thousands join US oil strike

Oil refinery workers in the US have been on strike for nearly a month in a dispute about pay and safety

The walkout grew last week as around 1,000 more workers downed tools. There are now 6,550 workers on strike.

The nation’s largest site, the Port Arthur Refinery in Texas, joined the walkout last week. Some 15 refineries are now taking part.

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