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6 killed as unexploded Israeli missile blows up in northern Gaza

Aug. 13, 2014 11:23 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 16, 2014 10:58 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Six people were killed and another six were critically injured after an unexploded Israeli missile blew up in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, witnesses and a health ministry spokesman said.

Ashraf al-Qidra identified three of the dead as Bilal Muhammad al-Sultan, 27, Taysir Ali al-Hum, 40, and Hazem Ahmad Abu Murad, 38.

Among the dead are a foreign reporter for The Associated Press and a local journalist, a Ma'an reporter said.

The bodies and the injured were taken to Kamal Adwan hospital, al-Qidra added.

Later, medical sources announced that Saeed Talal Salman succumbed to wounds he suffered in the explosion earlier in the day.

Palestinian photojournalist Hatem Moussa was also injured in the explosion.

Witnesses said the incident occurred as a police engineering team was attempting to defuse an Israeli missile that hit near the al-Sheikh Zayid towers days earlier, but did not explode.

Nearly 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's offensive on Gaza, most of them civilians.
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