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4 killed, dozens injured as Israeli ordnance explodes in Gaza

Aug. 6, 2015 11:49 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 7, 2015 10:27 A.M.)
Palestinians gather at the site of an explosion that ripped through a house in the Al-Shabura refugee camp near the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on August 6, 2015. (AFP Said Khatib)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- At least four Palestinians were killed on Thursday and over 30 injured when an unexploded ordnance from last summer's Israeli military offensive went off while clearing rubble from a destroyed house in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said.

Palestinian medical sources at the Abu Yousif al-Najjar hospital in Rafah said four bodies and multiple wounded Palestinians arrived at the emergency room.

The victims, who were all from the same family, were identified as Bakr Hasan Abu Naqira, Abdul-Rahman Abu Naqira, Ahmad Hasan Abu Naqira, and Hassan Ahmad Abu Naqira.

Medics said it is likely that the death toll will increase.

Over 7,000 unexploded ordnance were left throughout the Gaza Strip following last summer's war between Israel and Palestinian militant groups, according to officials of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian territories (OCHA).

Even before the most frequent Israeli assault, unexploded ordnance from the 2008-9 and 2012 offensives was a major threat to Gazans.

A 2012 report published by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said that 111 civilians, 64 of whom were children, were casualties to unexploded ordnance between 2009 and 2012, reaching an average of four every month in 2012.
Stephen Lambert / Ireland
WHAT WAR?............ sheer bloody Israeli murder!
06/08/2015 21:05
Colin Wright / USA
This is far from the first such story. Either (a) the Zionists deliberately sowed their bomb loads with booby traps, or (b) the ordnance we here in the US are supplying Israel with has an incredibly high defect rate.
07/08/2015 22:43
Dana / Israel
Stephen Lambert, if the Palestinians tell you that there was a war, believe them. They are not exactly from Tipperary. They know better than you since they also recognize that that war started as an act of defiance towards the Palestinian Authority for financial reasons.
08/08/2015 09:36
Brian Cohen / Israel
What is the evidence that this was unexploded Israeli ordnance? Hamas, IJ, PFLP, Al Aqsa Martyrs, all were firing rockets and missiles and bombs and we know as fact that many Pal rockets fell short and killed Pals. This may have been another one of them.
12/08/2015 12:35
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