6 children wounded in Gaza explosion

Witnesses claim they saw an object fall from the sky near a house in Rafah

Six children were injured Friday in an explosion in Gaza, Ma’an News Agency reported.

Ashraf al-Qidra, the Gaza health ministry spokesman, told Ma’an that the children were moderately wounded when an unknown device exploded in Rafah.

According to Kuwait News Agency, eyewitnesses at the site claimed an object fell near a house in Rafah and exploded shortly afterwards.

Gaza based terror organizations have been known to use residential areas in order to stockpile arms, raising the posibility that the current blast was due to a weapons malfunction.

On Thursday, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired at least four rockets at Israel, one of which landed in the yard of a home in Sderot causing damage, but no injuries.

Another rocket hit an open area in Sha’ar Hanegev with no reported injuries or damage. Two other rockets fell short and landed near the border fence with the Strip.

In response to the fire, Israel closed the Kerem Shalom border crossing and partially closed the Erez crossing.

Newly appointed Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the restrictions on the two passageways, which serve as major conduits for goods into the coastal enclave, Israel Radio reported. The Erez crossing will only be open for the transfer of humanitarian supplies. According to the report the two crossings will only return to full operation after an assessment of the situation, when security considerations allow it.

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