Explosion kills four, wounds 30 at house in Gaza

Palestinian man, who was wounded in an explosion, is carried on a stretcher in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (File photo: Reuters)

An explosion that ripped through a house in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday killed four people and wounded dozens, an official said, but the cause of the blast was unclear.

“Four Palestinians were killed and 30 others wounded” in a blast inside a house in Al-Shabura (refugee) camp near Rafah, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, updating an earlier toll of two.

Qudra said four of the wounded were in a serious condition.

Officials in the Palestinian territory said an investigation was underway to determine the cause.

Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, mourned in a statement the death of group member Abdel Rahman Abu Naqira, who was “martyred in the accidental explosion.”

The Gaza Strip, ruled by Islamist movement Hamas, has seen three wars with Israel in the last six years.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48