Hamas: 6 militants killed in Gaza blast, media says accident

Hamas: 6 militants killed in Gaza blast, media says accident

According to a statement issued by the Israeli military, the deadly incident occurred in the eastern part of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip earlier on Sunday, when the regime soldiers opened fire at four Palestinian demonstrators.

Gaza's health ministry confirmed six people were killed, updating the figure from an initial five, and three others wounded in what residents said appeared to be an accidental explosion in the Az Zawayda area of the central Gaza Strip.

The latest deaths raised to 52 the toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces since protests began along the Gaza border on March 30.

On Sunday, the IDF shared a video on Twitter showing Palestinians in Gaza sending arson kites over the Gaza border to burn Israeli fields.

The Israeli military has denied involvement.

An IDF spokeswoman and a Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) spokesman declined to comment on the explosion. Israel accuses Hamas, which is sworn to Israel's destruction, of trying to carry out attacks under the guise of the mass protests.

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Hamas's Ezzedine al-Qassam military wing brigades said in a statement that the strike was against a border observation post and that nobody was injured in the attack. The protests have seen thousands gather to demand access to their families' lost homes or lands, now in Israel.

The exact circumstances of the blast were unclear and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, provided no further details.

The brother of a Palestinian Hamas gunman, who was killed in an explosion, is consoled at a hospital in the central Gaza Strip May 5, 2018.

Israeli media have in recent days reported significant damage to farms due to kite-flown Molotov cocktails, though the devices face hard odds in making it across the fence while staying alight.

A Palestinian source quoted in Israeli newspaper Haaretz said the six dead appeared to be Hamas members and that the blast may have been caused by the handling of explosives inside a building.

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