Report: Two Palestinians killed when under-construction rocket explodes

Israeli media identified the victims as Ahmad Mansour Hassan, a commander of an Al-Aqsa Marty’r Brigade missile unit.

By REUTERS, JERUSALEM POST STAFF
July 15, 2018 10:39
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Ahmad Mansour Hassan, the Al-Aqsa Marty'r Brigade Commander killed in an explosion July 15, 2017

Ahmad Mansour Hassan, the Al-Aqsa Marty'r Brigade Commander killed in an explosion July 15, 2017. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Two Palestinians were killed and one was wounded in an explosion on Sunday in a building in Gaza, health officials said.

The cause of the blast, hours after a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian terrorists in the enclave was announced, was not immediately known.

Health officials said the two people killed were a father and his son.

The explosion came following a fierce flare-up in fighting between Israel and Gazan terrorists, but police did not suggest Israel was responsible.

“An explosion took place this morning in a house west of Gaza City,” police spokesman Ayman al-Batnijiy said. He gave their ages as 35 and 13.

“The police launched an investigation into the cause of the explosion.”


Israeli media identified the victims as Ahmad Mansour Hassan, a commander of an Al-Aqsa Martyr Brigade missile unit.

He was apparently killed while preparing a rocket.

The explosion also killed his son and a third individual was critically injured.

Israel carried out dozens of air strikes against the Palestinian enclave’s ruling Hamas group on Saturday and gunmen fired more than 100 rockets across the border.

Two Palestinian teenagers were killed, the only reported fatalities in the fighting.

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