On March 25, 2021, a large explosion occurred in the Gaza city of Khan Yunis. The cause of the blast is currently unclear, pending an investigation by authorities. However, early reports suggest that the explosion could have been caused by a gas tank or other combustible material, such as an flammable liquid.
The explosion injured seven people, including four children. Two of them were taken to the hospital for treatment of their wounds. No deaths were reported.
The explosion sent shockwaves through residential buildings in the area, causing several buildings to collapse. Sources at the Gaza Ministry of Health confirmed that the building damage was minor and do not anticipate further damage.
The Israeli Army reported that the investigation is underway and no foul play or terrorism is suspected, but the source of the explosion is still unknown.
The blast brings to attention ongoing tensions between Hamas and Israel, with a recent surge in violence between the two sides in the past weeks. It is unclear what role, if any, the incident has had in recent events.