Spokesman of the higher committee of ambulance and emergency services Adham Abu Salmiya told Ma'an that the men were transferred to the Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, adding that the two survivors were seriously injured.
A Hamas-affiliated website said an Israeli drone fired on the men, which it also identified as stone collectors. The website later changed its report saying the blast was caused by an unexploded ordnance.
Abu Salmiya later confirmed the report, saying a blast was let off when the collectors disturbed the earth over an explosive device.
Residents of Gaza City reported hearing a blast east of the downtown area.
An Israeli military spokesman said forces in the area were aware of a blast, but added that the military was not involved in the incident.
Workman killed by Israeli ordnance in Gaza
|[ 22/01/2011 - 02:33 PM ]|
GAZA, (PIC)-- A Palestinian workman was killed and two others were seriously wounded in Gaza at noon Saturday after a piece of unexploded Israeli ordanance accidently detonated at them.
The three workmen were embarking on collecting gravel amid building remains at a border area south of Al-Zeitoun neighborhood in eastern Gaza city when the explosion happened.
A spokesman for medical services in Gaza told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that a suspicious object exploded at a group of Gazan workmen which led to the death of one of them called Ahmed Abu Wadi.
Palestinian Worker Killed, Two Injured East Of Gaza City
Sunday January 23, 2011 02:13 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Palestinian medical sources in Gaza reported that a worker was killed and two other were wounded in an explosion that took place near the Israeli border fence east in Al Zeitoun neighborhood East of Gaza City.
The sources added that the explosion resulted from an unexploded ordnance dropped by the army in a previous invasion to the area.
The man was killed as Ahmad Na’im Abu Wadi, 22, from Al Zeitoun neighborhood. His body and the two wounded workers were moved to Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza city.
The three were collecting metal and metal from buildings that were bombarded by the army during the war on Gaza. The collecting materials are recycled to be used in construction as the Israeli siege left the Gaza Strip without basic supplies.
The Israeli army issued a statement denying any connection to the incident, adding that soldiers “reported no activities near Gaza on Saturday”, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
It is worth mentioning that 13 Palestinians were killed in a number of Israeli strikes targeting the Gaza Strip in December.
The Israeli army claims that Palestinian fighters have stepped up their attacks along the border between Gaza and Israel.