Wednesday, November 10, 2010

2 injured in explosion near Gaza border

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Two Palestinians were injured Tuesday in an explosion near the Nahal Oz border crossing in the northeast of Gaza.

Medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiyya said the explosion was thought to have been caused by munitions left behind by Israeli forces.

A 17-year-old and a 22-year-old were transferred to hospital with light injuries, he said.

Gaza residents, meanwhile, said an Israeli artillery shell was fired Tuesday toward two workers near the south-eastern border with Israel, lightly injuring both.

An Israeli military spokesman said he was unaware of any Israeli military operation in the southern Gaza Strip, but two projectiles were fired toward Israel from an area near the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Only one of the projectiles landed in Israeli territory, he said.

Abu Silmiyya initially said the workers were injured by shrapnel of an Israeli artillery shell. They were evacuated to the European Hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, he said.