Blast in Hamas compound in Gaza wounds children

October 20, 2010 16:18

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A powerful explosion ripped through a Hamas military compound in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, wounding more than a dozen people, including women and children, Hamas members said.

In a statement Hamas did not give a cause for the blast in the southern Gaza town of Rafah. The Israeli military said it wasn't involved, which suggests that the explosion was an work accident.

The blast shook through a densely crowded neighborhood in Rafah. Hamas said five children, three women and five other people were lightly wounded, all by flying glass shrapnel.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights has repeatedly called on the territory's Hamas rulers not to store explosive materials in civilian areas. It said a similar explosion in August wounded 58 people and destroyed seven houses.

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