A Palestinian elderly farmer suffered injuries on Thursday when ordnance believed to be a leftover from Israel’s last war exploded as he was working his land in central Gaza.
An eyewitness said that 62-year-old Ibrahim Abu Maghseeb was injured when an unexploded bomb remnant from the last war went off as he was tilling the soil on his land in Wadi al-Salqa area, east of Deir al-Balah in Gaza.
A Palestinian medical source said the wounded farmer was admitted to Shuhadaa al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah to receive treatment for moderate injuries he sustained during the explosion.
Even before Israel’s 2014 war and its recent artillery and aerial attacks on Gaza, unexploded ordnance from its offensives in 2008, 2009 and 2012 posed a major threat to local residents.
According to report published by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 111 civilians, 64 of them children, were victims of unexploded ordnance in Gaza between 2009 and 2012.