Residents of the village of Qarawat Bani Zaid, north of Ramallah, Palestine, woke up when one of the water valleys in the area turned red, which angered the people upon finding out why.
Pictures and videos spread on the water’s social networking sites in Wadi al-Nabaa after it was colored red, while users likened it to a sea of blood.
The valley extends into the lands of the village of Qarawat Bani Zeid. The village council explained on its official Facebook page that the water change is the pouring of damaged paint materials into the valley’s compound, which led to its color change.
The council affirmed: “This environmental pollution is an unacceptable and condemned act by all standards, and we in the village council call upon the official authorities to stand up to their responsibility towards this sabotage act, which led to a state of confusion among the people, and the necessity to provide a major waste dump to get rid of these harmful materials.”.
The Palestinian Minister of Health, May Al-Kailah, denounced the incident, saying: “This is an unacceptable behavior at a time when we need clean water, and we have sent environmental teams of the Ministry of Health to take samples and examine them.”