Days of Palestine

Wednesday, February 8

Four killed, 30 injured in Israeli leftover missile

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Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip –Four Palestinian citizens killed, at least 30 wounded as Israeli leftover missile exploded on Thursday in Rafa, south of Gaza Strip.

Tthe explosion, at Al-Shaboura Refugee Camp in Rafah, occurred when a Palestinian government bulldozer was removing the rubble of a Palestinian house targeted by Israeli fighter jets during last year’s Israeli offensive on the Strip.

Medical sources at Abu-Yousif Al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah said four bodies and tens of 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 abu-Naqira and Hassan abu-Naqira.

This is not the first time for an Israeli leftover missile to explode, killing and wounding Palestinians. More than ten Palestinians had been killed in such incidents since the end of the Israeli offensive in August 26, 2015.

UN said that over 7,000 unexploded ordnance were left throughout the Gaza Strip following last year’s Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Even before the most frequent Israeli offensive, unexploded ordnance from the 2008-9 and 2012 offensives was a major threat to Gazans, 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 to unexploded ordnance between 2009 and 2012, reaching an average of four every month in 2012.