12 Wounded in Hamas 'Work Blast'

Another apparent Hamas terrorist "work accident" has left more than a dozen people, including children, wounded in southern Gaza.

Chana Ya'ar, | updated: 14:31

Explosion in Gaza (archive)
Explosion in Gaza (archive)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

More than a dozen people, including children, were wounded Wednesday by a Hamas “work accident” at one of the terrorist organization’s military bases, located in a crowded neighborhood in the southern Gaza border city of Rafiah.

Explosives often are detonated prematurely or accidentally while terrorists are setting up roadside bombs, suicide bomber belts and similar weapons.

Five children, three women and five other people were hurt in the blast, according to a statement by the group. Hamas was unwilling to explain the cause of the explosion, which the Associated Press reported appeared to be accidental.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights said 58 people were wounded in a similar explosion that destroyed seven houses just two months ago.

The group has repeatedly issued public statements calling on Hamas, which rules the region with an iron fist, to store its explosives outside of civilian areas.