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Sunday, September 25, 2011

197 Gaza tunnel workers died since 2006

GAZA, (WAFA) - Al-Mezan center for Human Rights Sunday said that the total number of victims who died while working in the smuggling tunnels in Rafah, south of the Gaza strip, has increased since 2006 to reach197 Palestinians, including 10 children.
In a press release, the center stated that 20 of the victims died by the Israeli shelling on tunnels areas, while the total number of Palestinian injured reached almost 583, pointing out to the continuous killings and injuries of these workers; two were killed and six others were injured on Saturday.
The total number of victims killed in Rafah tunnels since 2011 reached 17 dead; while 42 injured, said the center.
It strongly condemned the continuous Israeli blockade on Gaza, stressing that the continuation of the blockade and its negative effects lead to an enormous rise of the unemployment and poverty phenomena as well in pushing Palestinians toward digging tunnels as an alternative to the closed crossings, which forced a large scale of Palestinians to work in the tunnels as a way to provide sources of livelihood.
The center called upon the international community to uphold its legal and ethic responsibilities, take the necessary measures to lift of the siege imposed on Gaza and to work on insuring the protection of Palestinians’ rights to freedom of movement of people and goods.