Gaza Blast Kills at Least 5, Including AP Journo

Palestinian translator, Gaza police also killed during bomb disarming

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 13, 2014 7:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – At least five people are dead after Gaza police tried to disarm a leftover bomb in Beit Lahiya this morning, reports the AP. Among the mortally wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health via the the New York Times: a Palestinian translator, three Gaza police officers, and 35-year-old AP videojournalist Simone Camilli, who is the first foreign journalist killed in the conflict. Four others were said to be injured, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa; he and Camilli, an Italian national, were on assignment. The bomb reportedly went off at 10:45am local time—just hours before a three-day Egypt-proposed ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is set to expire, notes the Times.

This Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, photo shows Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip. Camilli, 35, was killed in an explosion in the Gaza Strip on Aug. 13, 2014.
This Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, photo shows Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip. Camilli, 35, was killed in an explosion in the Gaza Strip on Aug. 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
This photo taken in August 2014 shows Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli on a balcony overlooking smoke from Israeli strikes in Gaza City.
This photo taken in August 2014 shows Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli on a balcony overlooking smoke from Israeli strikes in Gaza City.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
This July 1, 2014 photo shows Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli filming Kurdish Peshmerga fighters under a bridge between Tikrit and Kirkuk, Iraq.
This July 1, 2014 photo shows Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli filming Kurdish Peshmerga fighters under a bridge between Tikrit and Kirkuk, Iraq.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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