One resident was killed and five children were injured after a homemade shell fired by a resistance group hit their home in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, according to a Palestinian medical source.

Yasser Adnan al-Ashqar, 3, died instantly after the shell exploded in his home, the source said. Adnan, the father of the child, sustained moderate wounds.

Five other children sustained moderate to severe injuries as a result of the blast.

The children were identified as Adnan al-Ashqar, 11, and three brothers identified as Nisreen, 6, Nasma, 9, and Jihad Hisham Abdulraziq, 4 years old.

The injured children were transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza.

An Israeli military source reported that a resistance group attempted fired three homemade shells at thousands of pullout opponents who had gathered for a demonstration in Sderot, an Israeli town near the Gaza Strip, and that two of the shells exploded in the Palestinian areas. 

Witnesses said the third shell fell in an open field near Sderot.

In recent months homemade shells accidentally hitting Palestinian homes have caused dozens of casualties in Palestinian areas. The Palestinian Ministry of Interior said it will act against any attempt to fire homemade shells from Palestinian areas.