Blast in Gaza ‘Training Camp’ Wounds at Least 50 


May 15, Gaza: Around 50 people including children were wounded after an explosive detonated inside a Hamas training camp in the Gaza Strip, AFP reported Friday.

Witnesses at the scene said that the blast took place at a training camp of Izzadin Kassam, Hamas’s military wing, in the northern Gaza city of Beit Lahiya.

A doctor at Al-Awda Hospital, Baker Abu Safia, said that most of the 30 people who were brought to his hospital were women and children. He added that the hospital was in a “state of emergency” following the incident.

Hamas health ministry spokesman, Ashra al-Qudra, said that among the 50 people hurt, five were in serious condition.

According to Jerusalem post, the cause of the explosion is not yet known nor is it known who is behind it, but it comes one week after  a Salafist group in Gaza that is affiliated with ISIS threatened to kill Hamas members “one by one” in retaliation for the arrests of its members.

Last Friday, those threats appeared to be edging to fruition, after an ISIS-affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula claimed it launched two “bombs” at Hamas posts in Gaza.

There have also been explosions in Gaza related to the failed Hamas-Fatah reconciliation pact, as the sides continue to quarrel despite forming a unity government last year.

In addition, there have been “work accidents” in the region, involving terrorists who are in the midst of preparing an explosive device.                   The Oslo Times

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