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Palestinian succumbs to wounds from Gaza ordnance explosion

Sept. 20, 2014 11:23 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2014 9:58 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian who was severely injured after an unexploded Israeli ordnance blew up in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City on Friday has died of his wounds.

Spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza Ashraf al-Qidra said that Muhammad Riyad Abu Asir, 24, passed away, bringing the total number of dead to three in the explosion.

Al-Qidra earlier identified the victims as Ayman Ziad Abu Jibbah, 23, and Abdullah Jibreel Abu Asir, 23.

The Gaza Strip is currently littered with a large number of unexploded Israeli ordnance, a reminder of the more than 50-day Israeli offensive that left more than 2,150 dead, 11,200 injured, and more than 110,000 homeless.

Even before the assault, unexploded ordnance was a major concern in the besieged coastal enclave, which has been subjected to four major Israeli offensives since 2006.

Although Gaza police explosives teams have been working across the territory to destroy unexploded ordnance and prevent safety threats to locals, lack of proper equipment due to the seven-year Israeli siege as well as lack of resources more generally have hindered efforts.
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