Five Palestinian fighters killed in blast blamed on Israel

Five members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command resistance group were killed in a blast overnight near Lebanon’s border with Syria, sources told Reuters on Wednesday, with the group blaming Israel. An Israeli source told Reuters the Israeli military was not involved in the Syria-Lebanon border blast and Lebanon’s army declined to comment.
A PFLP-GC statement on Wednesday said five of its members were killed in an Israeli air strike on a site controlled by the group near the border. The group’s spokesman in Damascus Anwar Raja told Reuters an Israeli strike on the Lebanese town of Qusaya had killed five members, including fighters, and wounded 10.
A representative for the PFLP-GC in Lebanon Abu Kifah Ghazi said airplanes had been heard over the group’s position all night.
But one Palestinian security source and a Lebanese security source told Reuters the deaths were the result of explosives and ammunition detonating as the PFLP-GC members were moving them. A second Lebanese security source said he could not confirm the blast was the result of an Israeli strike. The Israeli military told Reuters it does not comment on reports in foreign media.
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