One killed in explosion at PRC leader's Gaza home

Cause of the explosion is not clear; PRC commander Zuhair al-Qaissi was not injured in the blast.

January 14, 2012 19:55
The scene of an explosion in Gaza [file photo]

The scene of an explosion in Gaza 311. (photo credit: REUTERS/ Ismail Zaydah)


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At least one Palestinian man was killed and four others wounded in an explosion at the home of a terrorist leader in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Palestinian medics said.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the explosion in the Rafah home of Zuhair al-Qaissi, chief commander of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) - an armed Palestinian faction that often operates independently of Hamas.

Analysis: A boiling pot waiting to explode

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The PRC said Qaissi was not hurt in the explosion. The man killed was later identified by the PRC as Khaled al-Qaissi, a member of the group.

Zuhair al-Qaissi's predecessor, Kamal al-Nairab was killed in an Israeli air strike in August.

The IDF Spokesman's Office said an initial investigation indicated there was no connection between the explosion and any IDF activity.

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