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Explosion in Gaza building kills six Hamas members

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By Robert Hackwill
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Explosion in Gaza building kills six Hamas members

Six Palestinians have been killed in an explosion in the Gaza strip.

The cause of the blast in Deir al-Balah was not immediately clear, but the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, military wing of the Hamas militant group, blamed Israel.

The Israeli military has denied involvement.

A Palestinian source quoted in Israeli newspaper Haaretz said the six dead appeared to be Hamas members and that the blast may have been caused by the handling of explosives inside a building.

Tensions in the region are high since demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel border erupted more than a month ago, often descending into clashes between protestors and the Israeli military.