Middle East

Gaza explosion kills Palestinian militant

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A Palestinian militant has been killed in an explosion in the Gaza Strip, medics and officials say, but there are conflicting reports about the cause.

The Hamas-run health ministry said Mohammed al-Ijla, 32, was killed in an Israeli attack in the eastern Shujaiya district of Gaza City.

Islamic Jihad confirmed he had been one of its fighters, while his family said that he had died in a drone strike.

However, a spokeswoman for the Israel Defense Forces denied any involvement.

"The IDF did not carry out overnight any air strikes nor did it fire artillery into Gaza," she told the BBC.

Two teenagers were also slightly injured in the incident, which happened not far from the border with Israel, the Gaza health ministry said.