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Italian journalist killed in Gaza

Associated Press videographer Simone Camilli and at least four others were killed when a bomb a team was trying to move exploded.
By Gabrielle Levy   |   Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM   |   Comments

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BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- An Italian journalist became the first member of the the foreign media killed in the Gaza conflict Wednesday when a bomb disposal crew failed to dismantle unexploded Israeli ordnance.

Simone Camilli, 35, was a video journalist who had been with the Associated Press since 2005. Also killed were his Palestinian translator, Ali Shehda Abu Afash, the head of the bomb squad, Taysir Al Houm, and two Gaza police officers, the AP said.

Four others, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa, were badly injured.

The explosion occurred when a bomb disposal crew attempted to move unexploded munitions in the town of Beit Lahiya, a scene of fierce fighting between Israelis and Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip during the month-long conflict.

A three-day cease-fire, which went into effect Monday, has given Gazans an opportunity to rebuild and search for live ordnance like that which exploded Wednesday.

The cease-fire is scheduled to end at midnight Wednesday (6 p.m. EDT) if an agreement isn't reached during ongoing negotiations in Cairo.

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