Worker killed, four injured in blast in Gaza smuggling tunnel


[ 19/09/2011 – 05:59 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– A Palestinian man died and four were injured Sunday in a gas cylinder explosion in a smuggling tunnel east of Salaheddin Gate in southern Gaza Strip.

Rescue teams in Rafah governorate managed to recover five tunnel workers after a blast took place inside the tunnel, killing Ashraf al-Qara, 27, from Khan Younis, said the Gaza Civil Defense’s operations department, adding that four of the men were in moderate condition.

Earlier, the Gaza higher committee for emergencies said civilians sustained serious injuries in an explosion in a tunnel on the border with Egypt, without stating the cause of the blast.

The committee later said three more injured men were recovered in the same tunnel and it surfaced that the blast was caused by a propane cylinder being transported through the tunnel.

Palestinians in Gaza rely on hundreds of smuggling tunnels to import commodities from Egypt as Israel has imposed a suffocating economic siege of the Gaza Strip for the past five years.

Hundreds of Palestinian workers have died and been injured in Israel strikes targeting those tunnels and in accident related complications.


How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.

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