Sources in Gaza reported that at least two people were killed in an explosion in an apartment in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood on Saturday night and eight wounded in an explosion described as “fireworks exploding”.
Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesman for the Palestinian Health Ministry, made a statement to the media blaming the deadly explosion in the residential building on fireworks. The incident is similar to other explosions that have occurred in the past in which Gazans were killed while working on explosives to be used for military or terrorist purposes.
Hadashot TV news reported that the family in whose home the explosion occurred is affiliated with Fatah, a Palestinian political party that is the rival of the Hamas party that rules in Gaza. Haaretz reported the family was affiliated with Hamas’ military wing.
On Friday, approximately 5,000 protested along the security fence separating Gaza from Israel. Rioters threw stones, burned tires, and an explosive device was thrown at IDF troops. Two Gazans, a 13-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man, were shot and killed by IDF snipers while attempting to sabotage the security fence.
Fifteen fires broke out in southern Israel on Friday as a result of incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza. Another 24 fires broke out on Saturday as a result of the incendiary kites. Incendiary devices from Gaza have destroyed more than 1,235 acres of land.
A small IDF drone was shot down over Gaza but the IDF stated that no sensitive information was lost.
On Thursday night, an IDF tank fired on two terrorists attempting to pass through the security fence and infiltrate into Israel. Gazan sources reported that one of the terrorists died of his injuries. The IDF reported that a search of the area uncovered a number of firebombs the terrorists had intended to use in their attack.