August 6, 2015 / 10:44 AM / 3 years ago

Explosion in Gaza Strip kills four, wounds 30; cause unknown

GAZA (Reuters) - An explosion killed four Palestinians and wounded 30 on Thursday in the southern Gaza town of Rafah along the Egyptian border, medical officials and local residents said.

A relative of Palestinians, who were killed an explosion, mourns at a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Media outlets of the Hamas Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip blamed the blast on an unexploded Israeli missile from last year’s war.

The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said it was checking the cause of the explosion, which destroyed the home of Ayman Abu Nqeira, a Hamas member. He was wounded in the explosion and his son and three other relatives were killed, witnesses said.

Reporting by Nidal Almughrabi; Editing by Jeffrey Heller, Larry King

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