1 killed, 10 injured in explosion at Gaza City market


1 killed, 10 injured in explosion at Gaza City market

Explosion at market in Gaza City, July 22, 2021

(photo credit: FARS NEWS AGENCY)

An explosion was reported at the Al-Zawiya market in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring 10 others, according to Palestinian media.

— المركز الفلسطيني للإعلام (@PalinfoAr) July 22, 2021
The injured were transferred to Shifa Hospital in the coastal enclave. The Palestinian killed in the incident was identified by Palestinian reports as Atta Saqallah. Local authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion.

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— Meqdad (@Almeqdad) July 22, 2021
Images reportedly from the scene showed heavily damaged structures and a smoke cloud that could be seen from a distance. A number of smaller booms could be heard in video reportedly showing the moments leading up to the larger explosion.The Hamas Interior Ministry stated that the explosion occurred in a multi-story house in the market, leading to the collapse of large parts of the home and damage to nearby homes and shops. 

— حسن اصليح | Hassan (@hassaneslayeh) July 22, 2021
Police and emergency services are operating at the scene.

— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) July 22, 2021

Palestinian officials said that they were investigating the cause of the explosion, with the cause still unclear as of Thursday afternoon."We confirm that we have issued directives to conduct a professional investigation to find out the causes of the explosion, prevent its recurrence, and deal swiftly with all its field and social repercussions," said Essam Al-Dalis, a member of Hamas's political bureau, to the Palestinian Safa news.
Explosions caused by weapons stored in civilian homes have occurred in Gaza in the past.In January, an explosion destroyed a home in Gaza where terrorists were attempting to prepare explosives. At the time, Avichay Adraee, the IDF spokesperson for Arabic media, said on Twitter that "the story of the house is the story of many homes in the Gaza Strip," that are being used for weapons storage.

"They have turned [homes] into warehouses of weapons, military parts and missiles for terrorist organizations and the people who pay the price in the end are the innocent civilians," added Adraee.

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