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Blast from Israeli ordnance left over from war kills four in Gaza

Published 06/08/2015

Palestinian emergency personnel carry an injured man following an explosion that ripped through a house in the Al-Shabura refugee camp near the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on August 6, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Palestinian emergency personnel carry an injured man following an explosion that ripped through a house in the Al-Shabura refugee camp near the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on August 6, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
An injured, young Palestinian receives treatment at the Najjar hospital in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

At least four Palestinians from the same family have been killed and 13 people injured in the Gaza Strip by an explosion of Israeli military ordnance left over from last summer's war, Palestinian officials said.

Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said the ordnance exploded as Palestinian workers were helping family members remove rubble from a house destroyed in the 50-day war between Israel and the Hamas militants who rule the coastal territory.

Palestinian men are treated at a hospital in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah following an explosion that ripped through a house in the nearby Al-Shabura refugee camp on August 6, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Palestinian men are treated at a hospital in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah following an explosion that ripped through a house in the nearby Al-Shabura refugee camp on August 6, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Palestinian police secure the area following an explosion that ripped through a house in the Al-Shabura refugee camp near the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on August 6, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Palestinian police secure the area following an explosion that ripped through a house in the Al-Shabura refugee camp near the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on August 6, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Palestinians gather at the site of an explosion that ripped through a house in the Al-Shabura refugee camp near the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on August 6, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
An injured Palestinian boy rests after receiving treatment for his injuries at the Najjar hospital in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
An injured Palestinian boy rests after receiving treatment for his injuries at the Najjar hospital in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

The ordnance is believed to have been dropped in an air strike on the house during the war.

Last year, six people, including an Associated Press video journalist and his Palestinian translator, were killed as Gaza police engineers tried to defuse unexploded Israeli ordnance. Three people, including a press photographer, were badly injured.

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