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Palestinians call drones a deadly weapon

March 4, 2008
By IBRAHIM BARZAK and ARON HELLER, Associated Press Writers

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Palestinians say they know when an Israeli drone is in the air: Cell phones stop working, TV reception falters and they can hear a distant buzzing. They also know what’s likely to come next — a devastating explosion on the ground.

Palestinians say Israel‘s pilotless planes have been a major weapon in its latest offensive in Gaza, which has killed nearly 120 people since last week.

“Our experience is that the drone missile is successful in hitting its targets, and it’s deadly,” said Dr. Mahmoud Assali, a Palestinian physician who works in the emergency room of a northern Gaza Strip hospital that has often treated Palestinian gunmen hit by Israeli drones.

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Lethal Legacy of War

December 22, 2007

HANOI, VIETNAM (AP): A man was killed and two others were seriously injured when a Vietnam War-era mortar shell they were sawing for scrap metal exploded in central Vietnam, state media said Saturday, December 22, 2007.

The men discovered six 105-millimeter mortars from the Vietnam War in Cu Pao village, in Dak Lak province. One of the mortars exploded when they tried to open it, the Tuoi Tre (Youth) Newspaper reported.

Bui Huu Tam, 28, was killed instantly. The explosion also seriously injured two others, who were still hospitalized, the paper said.

Dak Lak is 350 kilometers (219 miles) northeast of Ho Chi Minh City.

Unexploded ordnance from the Vietnam War has killed about 38,000 people since the conflict ended in 1975.