At least six people have been killed by an explosion in the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
Huge explosion rocks Gaza, five Palestinians dead pic.twitter.com/5ABZX8LXtW
— Press TV (@PressTV) May 5, 2018
At least three others were wounded by Saturday’s blast, the cause of which remains unclear, the ministry said.
#Hamas health ministry just reported an explosion which rocked the central #Gaza Strip. Initial reports said a number of bodies were transported to a hospital in Gaza City. The nature of the blast was not immediately clear https://t.co/jf1VwAlvdS pic.twitter.com/Z7qxCZVdp8
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) May 5, 2018
The explosion took place in Deir el-Balah, in central Gaza Strip, the Palestinian WAFA news agency reported.
Hamas’ military wing has said Israel is responsible for the explosion, which it said took place during a “complex security and intelligence operation”, AFP news agency reported.
— Abdulwahed AbuAbed (@Conteaic) May 5, 2018
Israeli officials have denied the allegation. A spokesperson for the Israeli military said:
“The Israel Defence Force (IDF) is not involved in this incident in any way.”
— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) May 5, 2018
Saturday’s blast follows weeks of protests along the Israeli-Gaza border as part of the Great March of Return movement.
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