Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90
Members of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, attend a memorial in the southern Gaza border town of Rafah on January 31, 2017.

A senior Hamas commander has died in what the group called an “accidental explosion” – basically, a “work accident.”

The Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of the region’s ruling Hamas terror organization said in a news release that Muhammad Walid al-Quqa was “setting something up” when the blast occurred.

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Al-Quqa was a resident of the Al Shati community in northern Gaza.

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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.