Huge blast rocks Hamas training base wounding at least five
Amy Judd | July 29, 2008 at 02:03 pmby
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What is believed to be a bomb blast has hit a training camp run by Hamas in southern Gaza only a short while ago, with at least five people hurt.
Ambulances raced to the scene of the blast late Tuesday, on the site of an evacuated Jewish settlement next to the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis. The explosion could be heard all over the city.
It was not immediately known what caused the blast. Neither Hamas nor the
Israeli military had an immediate comment.
Dr. Moaiya Hassanain of the Palestinian Health Ministry said two of the five wounded were in critical condition. He said all five were Hamas militants.
Witnesses said the blast destroyed the base, and a fire was burning there an hour afterward. They said a second, smaller blast was heard about 15 minutes after the first one. Hamas militants kept reporters away from the scene.
Israel and Hamas have been involved in a truce lately, that has stopped Gaza rocket fire and Israeli raids. But there has been tension recently between the two sides, but no on is commenting at this time whether this could be a reaction to that.