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Man dies of injuries from Gaza tunnel blast

April 2, 2013 3:48 P.M. (Updated: April 3, 2013 10:34 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A 30-year-old man from southern Gaza died Tuesday from injuries sustained in an explosion in a smuggling tunnel, medics said.

Amer Abu Khamash, from Khan Younis, was seriously injured when a gas canister exploded in a tunnel he worked in under the Gaza-Egypt border on March 26. Three tunnel workers were wounded in the blast.

Medics told Ma'an that Abu Khamash died from his injuries in hospital on Tuesday.

In January, the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights urged the Gaza government to implement better safety measures and assess the benefits of the tunnel network as a whole, saying 232 people had been killed in collapsing tunnels.

"Most of the people who work in tunnels are from very low-income backgrounds and have been forced to undertake this kind of work to provide for their families under the difficult socio-economic conditions caused by the Israeli siege on Gaza," the group said.
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