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08 May 2018, 01:14 | Rufus Hill
Illustrative An Israeli military vehicle on standby near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip
Gaza: At least five Palestinians were killed and six wounded on Saturday evening in an explosion in a house in Gaza Strip, security officials and eyewitnesses said.
The IDF said that a total of three terrorists were attempting to cause damage to security infrastructure along the border and that two were eliminated.
The IDF also reported that several attempts were made by protesters to infiltrate Israel.
Two Palestinian who tried to cross the border from Gaza have been killed.
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 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". The Aljazeera puts the number of protesters wounded at more than 7,000 in total while there have been no Israeli casualties.
Ezzedine Al Qassam said the dead were all its members and blamed Israel for the explosion, without providing details.
The IDF has accused Hamas of using the protests as cover to carry out attacks against IDF troops.
Israel says that it is defending its sovereign border, including nearby communities, and that its troops target only instigators. The Israeli military aggression killed almost 2,200 Palestinians and injured over 11,100 others.
The statement was unclear about whether the Palestinians managed to get into Israel.
Earlier Sunday, thousands led by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh joined a Gaza funeral procession for six members of the Hamas military wing who were killed in an explosion a day earlier. The army spokesman's office, when asked to clarify, said the men did break through and were shot and killed at the fence area.
Israel says Hamas, the militant group which dominates Gaza, is orchestrating the demonstrations in order to launch attacks.
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