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7 Palestinians injured after ordnance explodes in Gaza

June 4, 2017 3:36 P.M. (Updated: June 7, 2017 4:23 P.M.)
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GAZA (Ma’an) -- Seven Palestinians were injured after an "unspecified object" exploded in the al-Mughraqa village, southwest of Gaza City in the besieged Gaza Strip on Sunday, according to Gaza's Ministry of Health.

Spokesperson for the ministry Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement that seven Palestinians sustained moderate and serious injuries when the device exploded, noting that the injured were transferred to Shuhada al-Aqsa hospital in Deir Balah in the central Gaza Strip for treatment.

Palestinian police in Gaza have opened an investigation into the explosion.

Two Palestinians in Gaza were injured earlier this year under similar circumstances in Gaza. One was moderately injured, while the other was reported at the time to be in critical condition and had to undergo surgery to amputate several fingers.

While the nature of the explosion remained unclear, more than 7,000 unexploded ordnance were left throughout the Gaza Strip following the 2014 war between Israel and Palestinian militant groups, according to officials of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian territories (OCHA).

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 of unexploded ordnance between 2009 and 2012, reaching an average of four every month in 2012.

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