Twin explosions go off in Gaza, one near UNRWA headquarters

No injuries were reported and it was not immediately clear what caused the explosion.

April 19, 2015 02:25
Gaza City

Palestinian policemen loyal to Hamas guard outside the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Two small explosive devices went off in Gaza on Saturday night, one near the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City, the other by a police station downtown.

No injuries were reported and it was not immediately clear what the motivation for the attack was.

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Adnan Abu Hasna, a UNRWA spokesperson, told AFP that the first blast occurred near the outer wall of the UN complex, "about ten feet from the door, causing no casualties or damage."

Palestinian security forces rushed to the scene and have launched an investigation into the detonations, one of which struck near the home of a public prosecutor in Gaza City's Rimal neighborhood.

The bombs, which detonated at the same time, led to temporary road closures in the area. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the twin explosions that rattled the small, densely-populated town.

On Friday, a similar attack rocked the city, according to Ma'an, when a homemade bomb went up in flames near the former home of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The house has since been turned into government offices used by Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

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