Six Said Killed as Explosion Rocks Central Gaza Strip

  • Six Said Killed as Explosion Rocks Central Gaza Strip

Six Said Killed as Explosion Rocks Central Gaza Strip

"At night, the Air Force conducted a strike on Hamas' terrorist position near the border at the northern part of the Gaza strip, from where the terrorists launched burning kites in order to ignite whole areas in Israel", the IDF said in a statement on Sunday, as quoted by TASS. The IDF claimed the suspects were conspiring to damage "security infrastructure in the area of the security fence".

The rallies are part of a six-week protest that will culminate on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or "catastrophe" - a reference to Israel's establishment in 1948 and when 750,000 Arabs were removed from Palestine.

No Israelis have been hurt in the weeks of protests and occupation forces have faced worldwide criticism for their use of live ammunition. Over the past few weeks, according to Israeli media, such kites have set several fields in southern Israel on fire, in some cases causing severe damage.

At one of the funeral processions, Hamas Politburo Chairman Ismail Haniyeh said the Kassam members who died in the explosion "saved hundreds of lives" and "preserved the resistance's security depth".

Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005.

Since the "Great March of Return" began, some 7,000 Gazans have been injured and 45 killed, according to the Palestinian News agency Wafa. Israel accuses Hamas, which is sworn to Israel's destruction, of trying to carry out attacks under the guise of the mass protests.

Last week Israeli troops shot dead three people as they attempted to enter Israeli territory.

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

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.

But Hamas now says the militants, including two commanders, were killed "dismantling booby-trapped spying equipment planted by Israel during the past decade in Gaza".