|Child Killed as Tunnel Collapses in al-Zahra Town South of Gaza|
|Sunday, 19 February 2012 00:00|
On Thursday, 16 February 2012, a child was killed when a tunnel collapsed near his family’s house in al-Zahra town, south of Gaza City.
According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) and the testimony of the victim’s father, at approximately 12:00 on Thursday, 16 February 2012, a tunnel established by Palestinian resistance activists near an apartment building in al-Zahra town, while Fadi Ramzi al-Qassas, 13, and his cousin Mohammed Ramai al-Qassas, 13, were playing near it. Fadi fell into the collapsed tunnel and suffocated. The father stated that he and his relatives, and later with the Civil Defense’s assistance, attempted to save the child, but they failed and they were eventually able to recover his body.
PCHR has repeatedly received reports and complaints about collapses of tunnel in residential areas, which left casualties among civilians, including children. For instance, on 12 October 2010, Tamer ‘Abdul Hafez ‘Elwan, 15, and his cousin, Wissam Yousef ‘Elawn, 15, were killed when a tunnel collapsed while they were playing football near their houses in Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.
PCHR is concerned over casualties resulting from collapses of tunnels in the Gaza Strip. PCHR calls upon the government in Gaza to take necessary measures to protect the civilian population.