Explosion kills Palestinian in Gaza

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*UPDATES WITH STATEMENT BY HAMAS' ARMED WING

A Palestinian was killed in an explosion in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, according to the health ministry.

Mohamed Nimr al-Magadmeh, 55, was killed in the explosion, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement.

He said a child was also injured in the blast.

Meanwhile, the Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, confirmed that Nimr was a group member.

In a statement, the Brigades said Nimr was killed by a shell “fired by a suspicious party outside the national ranks”, without giving further details.

The Hamas-run Interior Ministry has yet to issue a statement on the explosion.

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