Two Palestinians martyred in Gaza explosion
MİDDLE EAST

Two Palestinians martyred in Gaza explosion

Palestinians blame Israeli airstrike for deaths

News Service AA

At least two Palestinians were martyred on Tuesday by an explosion -- of as-yet-unknown origin -- that went off in the Gaza Strip’s northern Beit Lahia district.

"The Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza has received the bodies of two martyrs," Ashraf al-Qudra, a Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman, said in a statement.

Al-Qudra went on to say that the two men had been attacked by an Israeli drone while riding together through Beit Lahia on a single motorcycle.

The ministry has since identified the two slain men as Hasan Ghazi Nasrallah and Mustafa Sultan.

In a statement released shortly afterward, however, the Israeli army denied any involvement in the incident.

Erdoğan: Trump's Jerusalem decision does not bind Turkey or the Muslim world
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Erdoğan: Trump's Jerusalem decision does not bind Turkey or the Muslim world

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a speech during an event to mark World Human Rights Day in Ankara that U.S. President Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem does not bind Turkey, nor does it bind Jerusalem and the Muslim world. He added that the United States has become a “partner in the bloodshed" with their decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Earlier Tuesday, four Palestinians were injured by Israeli gunfire near the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, according to al-Qudra, who said, at least one of those injured was in critical condition.

Also on Tuesday, scores of Palestinian youths hurled stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at the Gaza border. Soldiers responded with live fire, rubber bullets and teargas.

Tension has mounted in the Palestinian territories since last week's controversial decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- occupied by Israel since 1967 -- might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

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