Hamas Terrorists Killed In Gaza Explosion; Israel Denies Involvement

07 May, 2018, 15:17 | Author: Angel Logan
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Six people were killed and others were wounded in an explosion in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, the Palestinian Health Ministry in the enclave said.

Israeli forces shot tear gas, rubber bullets, and live rounds at crowds gathered near the Israel-Palestine border in Gaza on May 4, as protests continued into their sixth week.

Two Palestinians were killed while attempting to infiltrate Israel.

Israel says that it is defending its sovereign border, including nearby communities, and that its troops target only instigators.

The killing of three Palestinians by Israeli forces in the besieged Gaza Strip dominated the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies on Monday.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, said in a statement that a border observation post was hit in the attack and that nobody was injured.

The statement was unclear about whether the Palestinians managed to get into Israel.

An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment on the incident, although a more junior official had earlier denied the Israeli army was involved.

It added that Israel is looking for solutions to stop the Great March of Return protests on May 15, which marks the 70 anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe).

Since the start of the protests, at least 52 Palestinians have died in protests at the border region.

Facing worldwide censure over its use of live fire in the protests, Israel says it is protecting its border and takes such action only when protesters, some hurling fire-bombs and trying to plant explosives, come too close.

Some past explosions in the Gaza Strip have resulted from the accidental detonation of explosive materials belonging to militant groups.

It is worth mentioning that Israeli Ynet News said one of the army's drones managed, Friday, "to down an incendiary kite, apparently by cutting the cord attached to it".

Gaza media initially reported that the blast as being a "work collision", implying the militants were killed while still handling or producing explosives. The two, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, were killed during the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, which has since refused to provide any details about them.

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