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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