• Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gaza bomb disposal team hit by blast, 6 dead

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The mother-in-law of Palestinian translator Ali Shehda Abu Afash, whom medics said was killed when unexploded munitions blew up, mourns over his body during his funeral in Gaza City August 13, 2014. Photo: Reuters
The mother-in-law of Palestinian translator Ali Shehda Abu Afash, whom medics said was killed when unexploded munitions blew up, mourns over his body during his funeral in Gaza City August 13, 2014. Photo: Reuters

Six people were killed in the Gaza Strip when an Israeli missile exploded amid attempts to dismantle it.

The dead included two journalists - an Italian and a Palestinian - and a number of bomb disposal officers.

The incident happened in the town of Beit Lahiya, in the north of the Gaza Strip

It comes hours before a three-day ceasefire agreed between Israel and the Palestinians is due to expire.

Indirect talks aimed at finding a long-term solution to the Gaza conflict having been taking place in Cairo involving negotiators from the two sides.

Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli walks against a backdrop of destroyed buildings in Beit Lahiya in the Gaza Strip August 11, 2014. Italian journalist Camilli, three Palestinian bomb disposal experts and two other people were killed in Gaza on Wednesday when unexploded munitions blew up, medical officials and police said. Photo: Reuters
Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli walks against a backdrop of destroyed buildings in Beit Lahiya in the Gaza Strip August 11, 2014. Italian journalist Camilli, three Palestinian bomb disposal experts and two other people were killed in Gaza on Wednesday when unexploded munitions blew up, medical officials and police said. Photo: Reuters

Among those killed in Wednesday's explosion was Simone Camilli, a video journalist working for several international agencies, including Associated Press.

Some 2,000 people have died since the fighting in Gaza began on 8 July.

Those killed include more than 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians, according to the UN.

Sixty-four Israeli soldiers have been killed in the violence and three civilians in Israel have also died.

Published: 7:17 pm Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Last modified: 9:35 pm Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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