Four Killed, Dozens Injured in Ordnance Explosion in Rafah

RAFAH, August 6, 2015 (WAFA) – At least four Palestinians were killed and some 30 others injured on Thursday when an unexploded device left behind the Israeli army detonated in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, according to media sources.


Medical sources said four bodies and over 30 wounded Palestinians arrived at Abu Yousef al-Najjar hospital in Rafah. The four killed were identified as Hassan Abu Eyadah, Baker Abu Nekerah, Abed er-Rahman Abu Nekerah, and Ahmad Abu Nekerah.


During the past four years, more than a hundred Palestinians were reported to have been killed across the Gaza Strip due to unexploded ordnances left behind the Israeli army.


Over 7,000 unexploded ordnances were left throughout the Gaza Strip following the 2014 summer’s Israeli aggression on Gaza, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian territories (OCHA).


According to the UN Development Program (UNDP), unexploded ordnance and the uncontrolled dumping of rubbish pose serious environmental and public health risks to residents of the Gaza Strip.