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Tunnels Claim More Lives in Gaza Al Mezan Demands Gaza Government Take Effective Steps to Protect Tunnel Workers

23-02-2010 00:00

Further people have been killed as a result of collapsing tunnels in Gaza.
In 2010 alone, five Palestinian men died in tunnel collapses, raising the tunnels’ death toll to 141.
Since 2006, 106 persons were injured in separate incidents, raising the number of injured persons to 353; four of the 353 were children.
Of the 141, 116 people were killed in 2008 and 2009.
  2009 recorded the highest number of persons killed and injured in tunnel incidents.
In 2009 alone, 64 were killed and 170 persons were injured.
They were all killed in separate incidents.
In addition, ten Palestinians were killed inside tunnels as a result of two Israeli aerial attacks carried-out in 2009-2010, raising the total death toll to 141.
According to the field investigations conducted by Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, at approximately 7:30pm on Monday 22 February 2010, Mohammed Ahmed Abu Al Hassien, 22, died due to an electric shock while he was inside a smuggling tunnel on the border between Rafah and Egypt in the east of Rafah town.
His body was admitted to An-Najar Hospital.
Al Hassien was a resident of Rafah.
  In a separate incident, at approximately 2am on Wednesday 3 February 2010,  civil defense teams recovered the dead body of Mahrous Kamal An-Nider, 21, who is from Biet Lahyia town in the north of Gaza Strip.
An-Nider was inside a tunnel under the Yebna block, south of Rafah refugee camp on the Gaza-Egypt border when the tunnel collapsed.
He was admitted to Abu Yousif An-Najar as a dead body.
  At approximately 4:30pm on Saturday 30 January 2009, Ashraf Ahmed Hashim Al Attar, 23, died due to an electric shock while he was inside a smuggling tunnel on the border between Rafah and Egypt in the east of Rafah town.
His body was admitted to An-Najar Hospital.
Al Hassien was a resident of Beit Lahyia.
  At approximately 8:30pm on Thursday 28 January 2010, Wael Salim Al-Aqra'a died inside a smuggling tunnel in the town of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.
According to police investigations, cement bags were dropped from the top of the tunnel’s mouth and hit his head while he was inside the tunnel.
He was admitted at An-Najar Hospital in the town as a dead body.
The victim was a resident of Deir Al Balah refugee camp in middle-Gaza district.
    At app.
9am on Monday 11 January 2010, medical sources at Abu Yousif An-Najar Hospital announced the death of Fadi Mahmoud Khalil Azzam, 20.
According to eyewitnesses, Azzam died as he fell down into a tunnel shaft on the Gaza-Egypt border in the Al Brazil neighborhood south of Rafah.
He was admitted to the hospital      Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights expresses its deep regret for the high number of victims in these incidents.
Most of the people who work in tunnels are from very poor backgrounds and have been forced to undertake this kind of work to provide for their families under the difficult socio-economic conditions caused by the Israeli siege on Gaza.
Nevertheless, Al Mezan re-asserts that the smuggling tunnels remain illegal.
  Al Mezan Centre calls on the Gaza Government to take immediate steps to act upon the obligations it owes to Palestinian citizens in Gaza.
The tunnels’ catastrophe must end.
If shutting it off entirely does not seem objectively attainable now, the authorities, at a minimum, are responsible for taking all the necessary measures to protect its workers and the entire population from the consequences of the lack of its regulation.
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