Gaza blast kills Palestinian

2009-06-06 17:08

Gaza City - A 21-year-old Palestinian was killed and another wounded in a Gaza Strip explosion apparently caused by unexploded munition on Saturday, witnesses and medics said.

Witnesses said Tamer al-Daghma was killed by the blast when he stumbled upon an unknown object near his home outside the southern town of Khan Yunis.

Muawiya Hassanein, the head of Gaza emergency services, confirmed receiving the body.

The Hamas-run Gaza Strip was heavily bombed during a massive Israeli offensive at the turn of the year that killed about 1 400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis and reduced large swathes of the territory to rubble.

Gazans have in the past also been killed by accidental explosions in homes and shops used for manufacturing rockets and other explosives.

In a separate incident on Saturday, a 22-year-old Palestinian was moderately wounded when Israeli warships fired shots at fishing boats near the southern town of Rafah, according to medics and witnesses.

An Israeli army spokesperson said the navy fired warning shots at fishing boats that crossed into a closed military area but that no one was wounded.