Report: Five Hamas operatives killed in Gaza tunnel explosion

June 19, 2014 17:02

Cause of blast in Gaza city neighborhood of Tuffah which reportedly kills members of Hamas's armed wing unknown.

Smoke rises in Gaza

Smoke rises in Gaza after IAF air strike 370 (R). (photo credit:Amir Cohen/Reuters)

Five members of Hamas's Kassam Brigades were killed in an explosion in a tunnel in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

The explosion in the Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City was first reported on Thursday morning, however reports of multiple casualties came hours later.

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Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion in a house in the neighborhood as well as seeing rising smoke and the arrival of ambulances.

The cause of the explosion was not known.

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