Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90
Gaza's Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades, military wing of Hamas, hold their weapons during a celebration victory rally at the debris of destroyed houses in Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City, in northern Gaza (archive)

The father of an Arab family is dead and his young son badly injured after the bomb he was preparing in his home on Monday blew up unexpectedly in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya.

The dead terrorist, Muhammad Nimer Makadma, 50, was a member of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group. His young son sustained serious shrapnel wounds.

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Makadma and the boy were both rushed to a local hospital, where the father was pronounced dead on arrival.

A number of other terrorists, who may have been involved in a missile launching squad, were also wounded, Arab media reported.

The status of the other victims of the explosion was not yet clear.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.