Unexploded Israeli Bomb Defused by Palestinian Police

West Bank, Occupied Territory (IMEMC) – Palestinian explosives’ engineering police, Saturday, defused an unexploded device left behind by Israeli army in the village of Romaneh to the west of Jenin, according to security sources.

Sources informed WAFA that that explosives’ engineering police managed to deactivate an explosive device after receiving calls by local residents about the presence of an explosive device in the area.

The Israeli army usually conducts drills in the occupied West Bank, especially in the Jordan Valley, after forcefully displacing dozens of local Palestinian families due to the proximity of their homes to the training sites.

Palestinians living in these areas have to also worry about unexploded ordnance left behind by the Israeli army after the drills, which have led to the death of many Palestinians, including children, over the past years.

In 2014, three Palestinians were killed by unexploded ordnance left by Israeli forces in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley, while Gaza remains plagued with unexploded ordnance following the most recent Israeli aggression.

OCHA Protection of Civilian report, reporting period: 30 September – 13 October 2014, said that, “On 22 October 2014, a four-year-old child was killed when a [unexploded ordnance] UXO exploded east of Beit Hanoun, Gaza.

“The presence of unexploded ordnance (UXOs) continues to pose a high risk to civilians, particularly children. Following the July-August hostilities, the risk of UXO and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) became significantly high.”

It reported that, “Since the ceasefires on 26 August, five Palestinians have been killed in UXO incidents, and six others injured.”

Unexploded ordnance in Palestine. Image Source: RafahKid Kid, Flickr, Creative Commons

Unexploded ordnance in Palestine.
Image Source: RafahKid Kid, Flickr, Creative Commons

This report was prepared by IMEMC.

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