Gaza, 23 Shawal 1436/8 August 2015 (MINA) – At least four people have been killed in an explosion after an unexploded Israeli bomb from the summer 2014 war detonated in the city of Rafah on the Gaza strip. Supposedly the victims are members are members of the same family. As many as 30 were also wounded as a result of the explosion.
Palestinian workers were helping a family to remove the rubble from their house, which was at least partially destroyed by Israeli missiles in summer 2014, when the bomb exploded, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra reported.
The missile was reportedly dropped during the airstrike launched by Israeli forces, Worldbulletin quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
A Palestinian medical source told Jerusalem Post that the dead and the injured were transported to Youssef al-Najjar hospital in Rafah.
Between 135 and 200 civilians were killed in Rafah, the southernmost city in the Gaza Strip in an intensive use of firepower by Israeli troops, which lasted from August 1 to 4, 2014, according to an Amnesty International report dubbed ‘Black Friday: Carnage in Rafah’.
About 7,000 “explosive remnants of war (ERW) buried in the rubble” were left in the Gaza strip following the Israeli operation in the region, according to UN report from January.
“The presence of thousands of ERWs threatens the lives and physical integrity of the population, impedes urgent humanitarian response and reconstruction efforts, and inhibits economic activity and the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs),” added the report. (T/P011/R04)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)