Gaza blast kills six Hamas gunmen

08 May, 2018, 01:13 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Illustrative An Israeli military vehicle on standby near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip

In the latest action at the Gaza-Israeli border, approximately 10,000 Palestinians protested along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip for the sixth consecutive Friday, with dozens attempting to breach the fence and others sending incendiary kites into Israel created to burn down forests.

"The IDF (Israel Defence Force) is not involved in this incident in any way", an Israeli military spokesman said.

Gaza's health ministry identified two of the dead as Bahaa Rahman Qudeih, 23, and Mohammed Abu Rayda, 20.

Gaza media reported the explosion was a "work accident", meaning the militants were killed when explosives they were dealing with went off.

The blast comes after weeks of deadly protests and clashes along the border between Gaza and Israel, but there was no indication the explosion was the result of an Israeli strike. The protests have seen thousands gather to demand access to their families' lost homes or lands, now in Israel.


No Israelis have been hurt in the weeks of protests and occupation forces have faced global criticism for their use of live ammunition. He said the men had been close to the border fence, but that he was not sure if they actually crossed into Israel. Rights groups say the army's open-fire orders, under which troops are permitted to shoot at those approaching the border fence, are unlawful. Israel accuses Hamas, which is sworn to Israel's destruction, of trying to carry out attacks under the guise of the mass protests.

Of those, three were shot dead on Sunday.

"Last night an aircraft struck a terror post belonging to the Hamas terror organization adjacent to the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip", a spokeswoman told AFP, without describing the target.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas Islamist militant group, first said that several of its members were killed while attempting to dismantle an unexploded rocket from the 2014 war with Israel.

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