Sunday, 12 January 2014

Palestinian man electrocuted in Gaza tunnel accident


RAMALLAH – Palestinian man died on early Sunday in underground tunnel along the Salah Eddin route on the border between Gaza Strip and Egypt, a Palestinian official said.

Ashref al-Qidreh, the spokesman of the Health Ministry in Hamas government, said that the 29-year-old Bassam Ismail al-Firmawi died in one of the tunnels on the border with Egypt.

Al-Qidreh said that al-Firmawi died of electric shock while working in the tunnel. He added that the man was transferred to al-Najjar hospital in the southern Rafah city where doctors announced his death.

The Gaza-based al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said last year that 232 Palestinians died in Gaza’s tunnels since 2006. The group said that 20 Palestinians died during heavy Israeli bombardment on the smuggling tunnels leading to Egypt. The report said that 9 of the 232 tunnels’ victims were children.

It added that 597 Palestinians also have been wounded during work in the tunnels since that year. It added that the Palestinian workers “did not abide by safety and security procedures during their work in the tunnels.” more

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