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The ordnance that Israel is dropping on Gaza, whether U.S.-U.K. supplied or Israeli made, not only kills on impact but is also the gift that keeps on giving. The Washington Post highlighted, the problem of unexploded ordnance—bombs, artillery shells and other explosive-packed munitions—lying in the rubble waiting to blow up anyone who makes a wrong move. Parts of postwar Gaza could long be dangerous to inhabit, let alone to be rebuilt, the Post observes, due to the thousands of rounds of such munitions that hit their targets without exploding, many of them buried in the rubble of destroyed buildings. “The contamination will be unbelievable, like something from World War II,” said Charles Birch, an explosives clearance expert for the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), who was in Gaza at the height of the bombing campaign.

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