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In pictures: Sewage 'tsunami' hits Gaza

Palestinian rescue workers search for bodies in Umm al-Naser

A flood of sewage swept through a village in the northern Gaza Strip after a cesspit collapsed. Five people, including a four-year-old boy, were killed.

A rescuer in raw sewage

About 25 people in Umm al-Naser were injured by what the villagers said was a sewage "tsunami".

A Palestinian man cleans his house in Umm al-Naser

Officials said at least 25 houses were buried in raw sewage, and many more damaged.

Villagers run from the scene of the flood

Many residents of the village, a farming community of 3,000, abandoned their houses as they fled to safety.

A rescuer carries a goat

Trapped goats and other animals were pulled to safety.

Palestinians watch as rescuers search for bodies

There are fears that the death toll will rise further, as some people are still reported missing.

Palestinian Interior Minister Hani al-Qawasmeh inspects the damage

Palestinian Interior Minister Hani al-Qawasmeh - who rushed to the scene - was reportedly chased off by angry villagers.

Palestinians at the scene of the accident

Aid agencies had reportedly long warned that sewage at the treatment reservoir was reaching dangerous levels.



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