Four Islamic Jihad Militants Killed in Explosion in Gaza

In a statement by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization, the four were killed during training ■ According to initial reports, the four were killed by Israeli army fire

Israeli army forces face Palestinian protests east of Khan Yunis, Gaza, April 13, 2018.
Eliyahu Hershkowitz

The military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization Al-Quds Brigades said on Saturday that four of its fighters were killed in an explosion during training near Rafah in the Gaza Strip. According to initial reports, the four were said to be killed by Israeli army fire; the Palestinian Health Ministry reported that the bodies were taken to a hospital in the city. 

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Al-Quds Brigades identified the four fighters killed as Ayid al-Hamaydeh, 23, Amjad Alcatrous, 18, Hisham Abd al-Aal, 22, and Hashem Osman, 18.

On Friday, one Palestinian was killed and 233 were wouned by live israeli fire as more than 10,000 protested along the Israel-Gaza border, burning tires and Israeli flags, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

According to the Israeli army, protests were held at five different sites along the border.

The Health Ministry in Gaza identified the Palestinian killed in the protest as Asalam Saudi Hasralla, 28. Overall, 969 Palestinians were wounded in Friday's protest, with 233 wounded by live fire and 419 evacuated to the hospital. Of those wounded, 20 were women and 67 were under age 18. Thirteen Palestinians were wounded by rubber-tipped bullets. The ministry noted that the number of protesters was lower than last week.