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Six members of Hamas military wing killed in Gaza explosion

Six members of Hamas military wing killed in Gaza explosion

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israel struck a facility of the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers overnight, the movement's military wing said on Sunday, with the Israeli army saying it was reacting to kite-borne fire bombings.

The IDF said it fired towards four suspects who attempted to infiltrate into Israel from the southern Gaza Strip and to damage security infrastructure and killed three of them.

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

Reuters television captured a pillar of smoke rising above the village of Zawayda near the coast of Gaza, far from the border with Israel where tensions have escalated in recent weeks.

The rallies will culminate on May 15, which will mark the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment - an event Palestinians refer to as the "Nakba" or "The Catastrophe". But Hamas later said that they were members of the organization and blamed Israel for the deaths. The Israeli regime has faced global criticism over its use of live fire.

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The IDF has accused Hamas of using the protests as cover to carry out attacks against IDF troops.

Since the weekly Friday protests started at the end of March, 50 Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli troops.

Of those, three were shot dead on Sunday. The protests have seen thousands gather to demand access to their families' lost homes or lands, now in Israel.

Israel has also launched several wars on the Palestinian sliver, the last of which began in early July 2014 and ended in late August the same year.

The army added that the latest attack had no relation with the Saturday explosion, which claimed the lives of six Palestinian fighters in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza. Two of the terrorists were killed, said the IDF. The terrorist group said the six Hamas members had been working on "exposing an Israeli spy mission and had located a monitoring device placed in Gaza recently".


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