Three Palestinians killed in a tunnel collapse in Rafah

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[ 28/08/2009 – 02:57 PM ]

Rafah, (PIC)– Three Palestinians were killed and a fourth was injured, Friday at dawn, as a result of the collapse of a tunnel at the Palestinian Egyptian border in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Medical sources told PIC reporter that emergency and medical workers, with the help of local citizens, recovered 3 bodies and a wounded person from the collapsed tunnel. The four victims, who are all from the Lahham family and hail from the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, were taken to Abu Yusuf al-Najjar hospital in Rafah.

The tunnel collapse was caused by the explosion of nearby sewer pipes.

Since 2006 about 120 Palestinians have died in tunnels which serve as an essential lifeline for the blockaded coastal strip as they are used to smuggle essential supplies from Egypt into the Gaza Strip.

Three Palestinians killed, 10 wounded by the IOF in a week
[ 28/08/2009 – 02:29 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Three Palestinians, including a child, were killed and ten others wounded by the IOF between 20 August and 26 August 2008, according to the weekly report of the Palestinian Centre for Human rights (PCHR).

On 24 August the IOF fired at two civilians, including a child, who were working in a farm close to the border in Beit Lahya, as they approached the border fence. The child was killed instantly with two bullets to the chest and the other civilian was seriously wounded.

Two other civilians were killed on 25 August when Israeli occupation war planes fired at a tunnel in Rafah, one other is missing. The bombing also left 6 Palestinians wounded. Two other Palestinians were wounded when IOF troops opened fire towards Palestinian homes and farms in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip according to PCHR report.

The report also recorded 18 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which 16 Palestinians, including two children, were arrested.

The IOF raided a radio station in Bethlehem and confiscated its equipment estimated to cost US $150,000.

The report also talks about the total closure imposed on the Gaza Strip and the sever restrictions on movement of Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.

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