1 killed in Gaza car blast, Palestinians blame IAF strike

IDF yet to comment; Hamas medical official says no word on cause of explosion; 4 injured in blast; radio stations claim Israeli air strike responsible.

November 17, 2010 18:16
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Palestinian Hamas officers inspect damage in Gaza

Gaza Air Strike Damage 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

GAZA CITY — A car explosion has killed one person and wounded four others in the Gaza Strip, Hamas officials said Wednesday.

Hamas medical official Adham Abu Salmia said there was no word on the cause of the blast or the identities of the victims.

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But radio stations affiliated with both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad militant groups claimed there was an Israeli air strike.

The IDF had not commented on the incident.

At the beginning of Novemeber Israel resumed its targeted assassinations in the Gaza Strip with the killing of a senior al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist by a car bomb in Gaza City.

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) confirmed that together with the Israel Air Force, it had carried out an operation to kill 27-year-old Mohammed Namnam, a top operative with the Army of Islam, a radical Palestinian terror group affiliated with al-Qaida and involved in the 2006 abduction of Gilad Schalit.

Yaakov Katz and Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.

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