Gaza Strip: Two children die in blast

Published August 7th, 2007 - 09:14 GMT

A huge blast in northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday killed an 8-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister and injured five other children, Palestinian health officials said. According to the AP, eyewitnesses said a group of children stumbled upon a homemade rocket or a mortar shell and started playing with it. The device exploded, injuring all seven children, two of whom died later of their wounds.


Dr. Moaiya Hassanain, a Palestinian health official, said the blast took place in the town of Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, and the wounded were evacuated to hospital.


The Kamal Adwan hospital identified the dead children as Wesam Abed Allah and his sister Hala.


Meanwhile, a Palestinian woman in her 50s was declared dead Monday evening while on her way home to the Gaza Strip after spending a month and a half stranded at the Egyptian side of the Rafah border with Gaza Strip. Dr. Hassanain said that Amna Haji's health condition badly deteriorated at the Oja crossing after one and a half month of hold-up at Rafah border.

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