Japan pledges $500,000 to clear unexploded Israeli ordnance from Gaza

Japan pledges $500,000 to clear unexploded Israeli ordnance from Gaza
2.5 5

Published March 30th, 2016 - 17:00 GMT via SyndiGate.info

Rate Article:

 
PRINT Send Mail
comment (0)
A Palestinian worker checks a house that was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in the summer of 2014, east of Gaza City on March 23, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
A Palestinian worker checks a house that was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in the summer of 2014, east of Gaza City on March 23, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
Follow >
Click here to add Gaza as an alert
Gaza
,
Click here to add Gaza Strip as an alert
Gaza Strip
,
Click here to add Palestinian Health Ministry as an alert
Palestinian Health Ministry
,
Click here to add United Nations as an alert
United Nations
,
Click here to add United Nations Mine Action Service as an alert
,
Click here to add United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East as an alert
,
Click here to add Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance as an alert

Japan has donated $500,000 to support efforts aimed at removing unexploded ordnance left over from Israel’s 2014 military onslaught on the Gaza Strip, UN refugee agency UNRWA has said.

In a Wednesday statement, UNRWA said that Japan had contributed $500,000 to the Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action, which will allow the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to mitigate explosive hazards in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

UNRWA has warned that unexploded Israeli ordnance left over from the 2014 conflict continues to pose a major threat to civilians and reconstruction efforts in Gaza.

According to the statement, some 3,000 out of 7,000 explosive devices left over from the Israeli war have so far been dismantled.

Since 2014, at least 16 Gazans have been killed and 97 injured -- including 48 children -- by leftover Israeli ordnance, UNRWA said.

In mid-2014, Israel waged a devastating 51-day onslaught on the Gaza Strip with the ostensible aim of stopping Palestinian rocket fire into Israel.

More than 2,300 Palestinians were killed and some 11,000 injured in the offensive, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

By Olah Attalah

Advertisement

© Copyright Andolu Ajansi

Add a new comment

 avatar