Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

TALKING EUROPE

A journalist murdered: Europe's media freedom under threat

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Top psychiatrist: Trump's 'mental impairment' poses danger to world

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Hammond teases UK budget with homebuilding, driverless cars

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

The 'Blame Game' has begun in Germany

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: From Tehran to Najaf, a pilgrimage fraught with danger

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Germany's 'Jamaica' talks fail and French mayors hit the capital

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

President Robert Mugabe emerges from house arrest

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Harassment and hypocrisy in Washington

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Military pressures Mugabe to step down, Macron mediates in Lebanon crisis

Read more

Europe

WWI shell kills two near Ypres, Belgium

© A German barrage at Ypres, Col. George Nasmith via Wikipedia

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-03-19

Two construction workers were killed Wednesday after a World War I shell exploded near the Belgian town of Ypres, site of some of the bloodiest battles in the conflict.

Two other men were hurt, one left fighting for his life, after they disturbed the shell as they worked near the Ypres canal.

The circumstances were unclear because there was apparently no digging at the site, which is the usual cause of such accidents, a spokesman for the Ypres prosecutor’s office told VRT network.

The Western Front trenches ran just outside Ypres, a small medieval town that was completely destroyed in the war that was fought from 1914 to 1918.

Every year the battlefields in western Belgium and France throw up hundreds of unexploded ordnance from the war.

Most are destroyed without incident by a special bomb squads. In a nearby city, the Belgian army was completing the destruction of over 800 gas canisters.

The Flanders battlefields cover dozens of cities where allies clashed with German forces for most of the war.

Date created : 2014-03-19

  • WORLD WAR I

    Remembering the Bengalis who fought for France in WWI

    Read more

  • HISTORY

    World War I death count 'too low by one million'

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    France’s untimely chemical weapons problem

    Read more

COMMENT(S)