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Nine Palestinians killed in Gaza over the weekend

May 7, 2018 9:16 P.M. (Updated: May 8, 2018 2:00 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Nine Palestinians died over the weekend following an explosion that killed six, and the shooting of three Palestinians by the Israeli army, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.

The explosion occurred in the central Deir el-Balah district in the Gaza Strip on Saturday afternoon, with the cause of the explosion yet to be identified, according to reports. Six people were confirmed to be dead, with another three reported with critical injuries.

In a separate incident on Sunday, three Palestinians were killed by Israel’s army on the Gaza border, with Gaza’s Health Ministry confirming the two killed as Adbel Rahman Qudeih, 23, and Mohammed Abu Rayda, 20; the identity of the third victim is yet to be released.

The shootings have been confirmed by the Israeli army who issued a statement saying that four men “arrived at the perimeter fence to infiltrate into Israeli territory and attempt to carry out hostile terror activity.”

Israeli forces “fired towards three suspects who attempted to infiltrate into Israel from the southern Gaza Strip and to damage security infrastructure.”

It is reported that a fourth Palestinian attempted to enter with the group that was killed, with the Israeli army refusing to comment on both the person’s condition, or location.

In addition to the killings, Israel launched air strikes on a Gaza facility, purportedly belonging to Hamas. An army spokesperson has said the air strike “was in response to an incident that took place in Israel.”

The latest deaths in Gaza bring the total number of killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces to 51, according to Ma’an statistics based on figured released by the Ministry of Health, as the “Great March of the Return” enters its seventh week.

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