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Man killed by ordnance in Gaza

Palestinians say one dead, one injured from explosion of Israeli ordnance in agricultural field

A 50-year old Palestinian was killed Saturday afternoon and another man was injured from an accidental explosion in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian police and medics said.


The Hamas-ruled police force in Gaza said both men were working farmland in southern Gaza near the town of Khan Younis when they may have tampered with a piece of unexploded ordnance they found on the ground.


It was not immediately clear whether it was a rocket of the makeshift variety Palestinian gunmen often fire at Israel or the remains of an Israeli shell used in firing back at Palestinian gunmen.


Following Israel's January offensive in the Gaza Strip over seven tons of ordnance were found, including three bombs that had been fired from jets, each weighing a ton. Phosphorous shells were also discovered.


The unexploded ordnance was collected by Hamas and brought to a warehouse to await UN dismantlement, but in February the weaponry disappeared. The UN suspects it was stolen by Hamas.


פרסום ראשון: 06.06.09, 16:58
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