NABLUS, January 28, 2015 (WAFA) – A Palestinian minor was injured on Wednesday after an explosive device left behind by the Israeli army went off in Ein al-Hilwa area in the Jordan Valley, according to a local official.
Head of al-Maleh village council, Aref Daraghmeh, told WAFA that 15-year-old Ali Ilyan sustained injuries by shrapnel of an explosive Israeli army’s remnant bomb, necessitating his transfer to hospital for treatment.
According to al-Monitor website, “The Israeli army holds periodic military exercises in the Jordan Valley involving the use of warplanes and live ammunition.”
It said that the number of those killed by Israel’s unexploded ordnance in the Jordan Valley has reached three since the beginning of 2014.
An official in charge of the Jordan Valley’s file in the governorate of Tubas, Moataz Bisharat, said that, “The [Israeli] occupation army designated 75% of the Jordan Valley territories, consisting of 280 square kilometers [108 square miles] and 19 localities predominantly located within Area C, as closed military zones, military firing zones or natural reserves zones.”
He explained that the biggest problem in the Jordan Valley is the unexploded ordnance deliberately left between houses and in agricultural fields during military drills, which also cause farming losses. These include tank shells, Energa mortar rounds, land mines planted during maneuvers, unexploded tank shells and even aircraft missiles, reported the Monitor.
“Until mid-November 2013, the [Israeli] occupation army handed over about 160 evacuation notices for the population under the pretext of military drills in different areas in the Jordan Valley,” Bisharat said.
Director of operations in the Ministry of Interior’s Palestinian Mine Action Center (PMAC), Issa Ghneimat, told Al-Monitor that the Israeli occupation hinders the work of the Palestinians trying to remove the Israeli army’s remnants, especially since they are located in Area C, which falls under Israeli jurisdiction.
OCHA Protection of Civilian report, reporting period: 30 September – 13 October 2014, said that, “On 22 October 2014, a four-year-old child was killed when a [unexploded ordnance] UXO exploded east of Beit Hanoun, Gaza.
“The presence of unexploded ordnance (UXOs) continues to pose a high risk to civilians, particularly children. Following the July-August hostilities, the risk of UXO and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) became significantly high.”
It reported that, “Since the ceasefires on 26 August, five Palestinians have been killed in UXO incidents, and six others injured.”