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4 Gaza militants killed in blast near Israel border: Islamic Jihad

AFP  |  Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) 

Four Palestinian militants from were killed in an apparent accidental explosion near the Gaza-border today, the group said.

Islamic Jihad's armed wing, in a statement, said four of its fighters had been killed during "preparations", without giving further details.

The men died when a tuk tuk vehicle exploded a few hundred metres from the border with Israel, an at the scene said.

is an ally of Gaza's Islamist rulers

The group, which is supported by Iran, has fought alongside against in multiple wars, most recently in 2014.

The explosions comes a day after a third Friday of protests along the Gaza-border.

Thousands gathered to call for a return to their historic homelands in what is now Israel.

One person was killed yesterday as Israeli forces along the border fired at stone-throwing protesters.

Israel has accused and other militant groups of seeking to use the protests as cover for planning attacks.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 19:40 IST