Explosion Rips Through Hamas Military Compound in Gaza

Several women and children wounded; Hamas did not give cause for explosion and IDF says it wasn't involved, signaling blast was an accident.

The Hamas militant group says an explosion has ripped through one of its military compounds in the Gaza Strip and wounded a number of women and children.

In a statement, Hamas did not give a cause for the blast. The Israel Defense Forces says it wasn't involved, signaling that the explosion was an accident.

Militants in Gaza, Reuters
Militants in the Central Gaza Strip October 10, 2010.Reuters

The explosion shook through a densely crowded neighborhood in the southern Gaza town of Rafah. Hamas says five children, three women and five other people were lightly wounded, all by flying glass shrapnel.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights has repeatedly called on the territory's Hamas rulers not to store explosive materials in civilian areas.

It said a similar explosion in August wounded 58 people and destroyed seven houses.