A Hamas member was killed on Thursday in Gaza from what the terrorist group described as an “accidental explosion.”
Palestinian authorities said that the blast ripped through a Hamas terrorist site in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, killing Ashraf Hussein—a member of Hamas’s “military” wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
The explosion also seriously wounded another Hamas terrorist.
The Qassam Brigades confirmed that Hussein died from an accidental explosion.
Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza and Lebanon have stepped up their security levels in recent days over fears of Israeli strikes.
The leaderships of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad reportedly fear an Israeli response, including targeted killings, to a series of deadly attacks against civilians in Judea and Samaria in recent weeks.
Sources in the “Palestinian resistance” told London-based pan-Arab news site Al-Araby Al-Jadeed on Wednesday that terrorist leaders in Gaza, Lebanon and elsewhere have taken “unprecedented” security measures and “take seriously the Israeli threats.”