GAZA CITY, (AFP) — A Palestinian was killed and two others were seriously wounded in an explosion in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, the Hamas interior ministry said.
Palestinian emergency services had said earlier the casualties were the result of Israeli artillery fire, a report denied by Israel’s military.
The blast was caused by an unexploded shell left over from Israel’s assault on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009, according to the interior ministry of the Islamist movement Hamas which controls Gaza.
The three Palestinian casualties, aged in their 20s, were taken to Shifa hospital in Gaza City after the incident which took place to the east.
An Israeli military spokesman earlier denied the army was involved in what he termed “an internal Palestinian affair,” meaning an accident while handling explosives.
A mortar shell was fired on Friday from Gaza, he said, without causing casualties or damage as it landed in the Negev desert.