Gaza, 24 Jumadal Akhir 1436/13 April 2015 (MINA) – After 11 days of continuous digging that reached 18 meters underground, Gaza Bomb Squad managed to unearth a massive Israeli unexploded missile.
Israel has left behind hundreds of unexploded mortars and missiles in Gaza which caused the death and injury of dozens of civilians, Palestinian Information Center (PIC) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
“It took us more than 11 days of digging. It’s a smart F16 missile it was buried 18 meters under the ground,” said one of the squad members.
Experts suggest Israel uses Gaza as a graveyard to dispose of its old ammunition and to renew caches of its weapons. That comes after reports that indicated Israel uses Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories as a testing ground for its weapons.
In August 13, 2014, an Italian journalist, three Palestinian bomb disposal experts, and two other civilians were killed as the team members were attempting to defuse a 500 kilogram Israeli missile.
The Israeli siege prevents the Gaza Bomb Squad from owning proper protective gear and/or robotic equipment to do this critical but dangerous work. (T/P006/P3)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)