4 Palestinians killed in Israeli tank shelling in southern Gaza

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Four Palestinians were killed Saturday afternoon in a shelling attack by Israeli tanks on eastern Rafah town in southern Gaza Strip, a spokesman of the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said, Xinhua reported.

In a statement, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said the four were killed east of Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip.

“Medical teams are still searching the area,” he said.

Local Palestinian media said Israeli forces fired tank shells at a position of Palestinian group Hamas east of Rafah, killing four people.

The Israeli army, for its part, denied its forces had carried out any attacks in the Gaza Strip.

The military said a fire broke out near a security fence in the southern Gaza border and it was checking its cause, according to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth.