A vehicle driving as part of a Red Cross envoy, was damaged by an explosion in Gaza, on Thursday.Palestinian sources reported that they believe the explosion that blew out the windows of a vehicle driving as part of a Red Cross convoy near the Erez crossing in northern Gaza was caused by unexploded ordnance left by Israeli forces during past invasions. They added that no Palestinian groups would deliberately target the Red Cross.
Eyad Naser, the spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza, told reporters, ‘The convoy was on its way to the Erez crossing, when an explosion took place on the side of the road. As a result of the powerful explosion the windows of one jeep were smashed, but the cars continued to Erez and they have left Gaza.”
The convoy, which consisted of a number of armored vehicles, was a regularly-scheduled trip that leaves through the Erez crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel each Thursday.
While it remains unclear whether the explosion was caused by unexploded ordnance or a targeted attack, Palestinian resistance factions have insisted that none of them carried out any attack, and pointed to the fact that Israeli forces left a large number of unexploded bombs and explosives littered throughout the Gaza Strip in their invasion last year, and following subsequent attacks and invasions.