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Explosion in Gaza building kills six Hamas members

Explosion in Gaza building kills six Hamas members

The Hamas-run Health Ministry identified the two as 23-year-old Bahaa Abdel Rahman al-Qudeih and 20-year-old Muhammad Khalid Abu Raida. The IDF said they were trying to cause damage to security infrastructure.

Ashraf al-Qudra, Gaza's health ministry spokesman, said the two men were killed after Israeli soldiers opened fire of Khan Younis city in the southern part of the besieged enclave.

The Israeli army fears a mass push of thousands of protesters to break through the Gaza border fence and cross into Israel.

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".

No Israelis have been hurt in the weeks of protests and the military has faced global criticism for its use of live ammunition.

On May 14, the United States is to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, whose Israeli-annexed eastern sector is sought for a Palestinian capital.

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".

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Since the "Great March of Return" began, some 7,000 Gazans have been injured and 45 killed, according to the Palestinian News agency Wafa.

Security officials have warned protesters that approaching the border fence puts their lives in jeopardy.

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

Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005.

Of those, three were shot dead on Sunday.

Israel says Hamas, the militant group which dominates Gaza, is orchestrating the demonstrations in order to launch attacks.

"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.