Three Palestinians were killed and five others were wounded Wednesday morning in an explosion in the southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian media outlets called the blast in the al-Manara neighborhood of Khan Younis "mysterious", adding that the circumstances behind it remain unclear.
Conflicting reports were received regarding the location of the blast, with medical sources reporting that the explosion had occurred inside a house, while a Hamas-affiliated Palestinian news website reported that the blast had taken place at a post of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' armed wing.
The Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that ambulances evacuated two of the men who were killed, along with one critically injured person. The third man killed in the blast was pronounced dead upon arriving at the European Hospital in Khan Younis.
On March, Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip said a Hamas field commander from the organization's military wing was killed as a result of an explosion in the southern Gaza Strip.
Nine other members of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades were injured, two of them were in serious condition. The militants had been working on an explosive device when it accidentally blew up.
Elior Levy and AFP contributed to this report.