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Gaza Strip beset by rain, flooding

40,000 forced to flee homes

Posted: December 15, 2013 at 5:03 a.m.

Palestinian rescue members evacuate residents using a fishing boat following heavy rains in Gaza City, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Rescue workers evacuated more than 5,000 Gaza Strip residents from homes flooded by four days of heavy rain, using fishing boats and heavy construction equipment to pluck some of those trapped from upper floors, an official said Saturday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Flooding from heavy rains has forced 40,000 Gaza Strip residents from their homes, including more than 5,000 who were evacuated by rescue workers using boats and heavy construction equipment, officials said Saturday.

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