At Least 4 Killed in Gaza after Israeli Bomb from Last War Explodes


An explosion that ripped through a house in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday killed at least four people and wounded more than a dozen.

At least four people – reportedly members of one family – were killed and more than a dozen injured after an unexploded Israeli bomb from the last war (summer 2014) detonated in the city of Rafah in the Gaza strip.

Palestinian workers were helping a family to remove the rubble from their house, which was at least partially destroyed by Israeli missiles in summer 2014, when the bomb exploded, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told AP.

There are conflicting reports about the number of those killed and injured in the incident. Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported of 4 killed and 30 injured. AP reported of 13 injured, citing a Palestinian health official.

The four victims, members of the same family, were identified as Bakr Hasan Abu Naqira, Abdul-Rahman Abu Naqira, Ahmad Hasan Abu Naqira, and Hassan Ahmad Abu Naqira, Ma’an said.

Israel started its latest war on Gaza in early July last year. Over 2,100 people died and some 11,000 others were injured in the Israeli war, which ended on August 26, 2014 with a truce that took effect after indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

More than 15,500 housing units were damaged in the war in Gaza while over 2,200 houses were totally destroyed, according to figures released by Palestinian sources.