Palestinian father, son killed in unexplained Gaza blast
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Palestinian father, son killed in unexplained Gaza blast

Explosion in Gaza City comes during shaky ceasefire between Israel, Palestinian terrorist groups following intense 24-hour bout of fighting

A picture taken on July 14, 2018, shows a smoke plume rising following an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, near the border with Egypt (AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)
A picture taken on July 14, 2018, shows a smoke plume rising following an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, near the border with Egypt (AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)

Two people were killed in a building explosion in Gaza City on Sunday morning, Palestinian authorities said, hours after a shaky ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian terrorists in the Strip went into effect.

According to Gaza news outlets, 35-year-old Ahmad Husan and his 13-year-old son Louay Husan were killed in the blast. Several others were reported injured.

Details on the explosion were not immediately released, though some Palestinian media reports indicated the blast was caused by a “work accident.”

The term is often used as a euphemism for an explosion during weapons manufacturing.

The blast came as cross-border tensions appeared to calm following a single-day flareup between the IDF and Gaza terrorist groups, who launched nearly 200 rockets and mortar shells at Israel on Saturday.

The weekend violence saw four Israelis lightly to moderately wounded when a rocket hit a home in Sderot.

Israel responded by carrying out its largest bombing campaign against Hamas targets in the Strip since the 2014 Gaza war, hitting dozens of targets, including two border-crossing attack tunnels and an urban combat training facility, according to the army.

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said two Palestinian teenagers were killed in the Saturday IDF strike on a multistory building sitting over a Hamas tunnel.

On Saturday night, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist groups announced that they had agreed to a ceasefire with Israel, following talks with Egypt and other international bodies.

The IDF declined to comment on the announced ceasefire, but on Sunday lifted its restrictions along the Gaza border area, indicating it accepted the Egypt-mediated ceasefire to end the latest round of fighting.

The military had shut down the popular Zikim beach and placed limitations on gatherings of large crowds. But it said on Sunday that summer camps will operate as usual and daily routine could be resumed.

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