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.


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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.