Gaza war ordnance injures two Palestinian kids

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Palestine
Thursday, 07 May 2015

At least two Palestinians children have sustained injuries in an incident during which an explosive device that had been left unexploded from the latest Israeli military aggression against the Gaza Strip went off in the besieged coastal enclave.

Palestinian medical sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the victims were injured when the ordnance exploded on Wednesday as they were playing in the al-Shujaya residential neighborhood of eastern Gaza City, which witnessed heavy Israeli bombardment last summer.

More than 7,000 unexploded bombs were left throughout the Gaza Strip following last year’s 50-day military attacks against the impoverished Palestinian territory.

A newly released study showed that the use of explosive artillery by Israeli forces in the 2014 war on Gaza increased by over 530 percent compared to the Israeli regime’s military offensive on the coastal enclave six years earlier.

The report, released by the British NGO Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), showed that Israeli forces increased their firing of high explosive artillery by 533 percent during the war on Gaza in 2014 compared to the military aggression in 2008-2009.

According to the study’s findings, the Israeli forces fired 34,000 unguided shells into Gaza last year, which is more than the shells fired in any Israeli operation since the 2006 war on Lebanon, when it fired off 170,000 shells.

The report also showed that Israeli forces dramatically shortened the safety distance that regulates how close artillery shells could land to residential homes from 300 meters to 100 meters, putting Palestinians at greater risk as the estimated “casualty-producing radius of a 155mm artillery shell is close to 300 meters.”

Israel started its latest war on the Gaza Strip in early July last year. The offensive ended on August 26, 2014 with a truce that took effect after indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, were killed in Israel’s 50-day onslaught. Over 11,100 others - including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people - were also injured.

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