Explosion in Gaza (archive)
Explosion in Gaza (archive) Abed Rahim Khatib /Flash90

A strong explosion was felt on Saturday evening in central Gaza.

Six people died and three were injured as a result of the explosion, Gaza's Health Ministry said.

The victims were transferred to a local hospital.

Unofficial reports say the injured are members of Hamas' Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigade.

Israeli officials estimate that the explosion was the result of a work accident, and that those injured were attempting to take apart an old missile, possibly from 2014's Operation Protective Edge.

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