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Gaza police destroys 1 ton of unexploded ordnance

Feb. 23, 2017 12:55 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 23, 2017 5:13 P.M.)
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian police in the southern besieged Gaza Strip destroyed one ton of unexploded ordnances, an official told Ma’an on Wednesday.

According to Salim Madi, the head of the police’s explosives engineering department in the city of Rafah, an operation carried out north of the city destroyed a large number of unexploded Israeli rocket shells and grenades.

Madi added that the explosive devices were dismantled and destroyed in accordance with international standards, in the presence of police General Manager Taysir al-Batsh, explosives engineering department head Imad al-Amsi, and Rafah police chief Jasser al-Mashwakhi.

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