Gaza blast kills two Palestinian teenagers



GAZA CITY- Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in a blast in Gaza City on Friday thought to have been caused by an unexploded Israeli tank shell, medical and security sources said.
The two died when the device exploded in the city's Shujaiyeh neighbourhood, security sources said.
They said the shell was most likely left over from Israel's 22-day war on Gaza that broke out in December 2008 and cost the lives of 1,400 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 13 Israelis, 10 of them soldiers.



The teenagers, both aged 16, were identified as Mumen Hilles and Muntasser al-Batniji.
The Israeli army said it was not aware of any such incident.
Earlier, another three Palestinians, one of them a teenager, were wounded by Israeli gunfire in two incidents near the Gaza-Israel border, medical and security sources said.
Two of them, both in their 20s, had been shot in the legs while collecting building material in an area near the northern town of Beit Lahiya, medics told AFP.
Further south, another boy was shot in the leg near his home in Khuzaa, a village east of the city of Khan Yunis and close to the border, security officials said.
The Israeli military confirmed the shootings, saying troops had in both cases aimed for the legs after the suspects failed to heed warning shots.
Israeli troops often fire towards people in the border zone, particularly in the north of impoverished and blockade Gaza where Palestinian youngsters try to make some money by scavenging gravel.
Also on Friday, Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel from Gaza, the army said.
The rocket landed in an open area without causing casualties, it said in a statement, adding that Palestinians have fired some 200 rockets and mortars into Israel this year.
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Saturday, December 11th 2010
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