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Gaza woman dies of wounds from Israeli ordnance explosion

Aug. 16, 2015 11:21 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 18, 2015 3:50 P.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) -- A Palestinian woman from the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday morning succumbed to wounds sustained earlier this month when an unexploded ordnance last summer's Israeli military offensive went off.

Palestinian medical sources at Abu Yousif al-Najjar hospital in Rafah said that 77-year-old Amina Abu Naqira on Sunday morning died after fighting for her life for more than a week.

Four other Palestinians were killed and more than 30 injured when the unexploded ordnance went off while a family was clearing rubble from a destroyed house in the Shabora neighborhood of Rafah on Aug. 6.

The other fatalities were all relatives of Amina Naqire and were identified as Bakr Hasan Abu Naqira, Abdul-Rahman Abu Naqira, Ahmad Hasan Abu Naqira, and Hassan Ahmad Abu Naqira.

More than 7,000 unexploded ordnances 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.

Even before the most recent Israeli assault, unexploded ordnances from the 2008-9 and 2012 offensives were 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.

Last year's 50-day war was the longest and deadliest of the three, with 2,251 Palestinians killed, mostly civilians, including 551 children, and 73 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
Tommy Tank / UK
Hamas needs to train up one hundred unexploded ordinance technicians for the explosive weapons (bombs, shells, grenades, land mines, naval mines, etc.) that did not explode and still pose a risk of detonation, potentially many decades after they were used or discarded.
16/08/2015 15:57
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