Representatives of various Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday accused Israel of burying “toxic materials” under the rubble of dismantled settlements to prevent Palestinians from exploiting the land.
The allegations were made during a press conference in Khan Yunis that was organized by the Popular Committee for Defending Palestinian Lands.
Committee coordinator Abdel Aziz Qadih claimed that the IDF and the settlers had buried the toxic materials six meters under the rubble of the settlements that were evacuated last week. He did not specify the type of toxins, but claimed that they were placed in large barrels underground.
“They want to destroy the land to prevent the Palestinians from using it after it’s handed over to the Palestinian Authority,” he said. “We call on all those who support our people to expose this matter and to help us deal with it.”
Qadih also claimed that Israel was stealing water and sand from Gush Katif.