Special report: Palestine-Israel Relations
GAZA, June 12 (Xinhua) -- At least four Palestinians were killed and more than 20 wounded Thursday afternoon in a house explosion in northern Gaza Strip, paramedics and witnesses said.
Some of the witnesses said that an Israeli F16 warplane dropped a bomb on a three-story house which belongs to a senior Hamas militant in Beit Lahiya town.
Palestinians carry the body of a wounded boy from the rubble of his house in Beit Lahya. Palestinian medics have said four people were killed and 20 wounded, including a four-month-old baby, in an explosion in a house in the north of the Islamist-run Gaza Strip.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
Islamic Hamas movement also said the blast was caused by Israeli aircraft which targeted one of its members.
Other people said the house was badly destroyed due to the blast that occurred inside, adding that some of the casualties were bystanders hit while walking on the street.
At least five of the wounded people were in critical condition, according to sources at Kamal Adwan hospital.
Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported on its website that the Israeli army denied any involvement in the raid on Ahmed Hamouda's house, a Hamas commander who once ran in municipal elections and won a seat in the town's municipal council.
Earlier on the day, Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian militants who tried to attack an Israeli army post on the security fence that separates between Israel and the Gaza Strip in Beit Lahiya.
The Israeli army also said it killed a third Palestinian who approached the fence in northeast Gaza.
The violence came one day after Israeli security cabinet decided to give a chance for Egyptian efforts that are intended to broker a ceasefire in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.