Mayor: Salfit village flooded by settlement sewage

12:00 Jul 17 2012 Deir Istiya

SALFIT (Ma’an) -- Waste water from an Israeli settlement has flowed into agricultural lands in a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank, a local official said Tuesday.

Deir Istiya village mayor Nathmi Salman said waste pipes from Yaqir settlement are faulty and have flooded the village's land, causing the formation of waste water pools.

The sewage is nearing the main water spring of the Qana valley by Salfit, he said, noting that livestock drink from natural springs in the area.

Salman said it was not the first time the village was contaminated by settlement waste, and charged Israeli authorities with procrastinating over fixing the sewage system.

This environmental damage is ongoing, while Israel claims the land is considered a nature reserve, he added.
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