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January 12, 2010

Hamas Confirms: Member Killed in 'Work Accident'

The Palestinian Maan News Agency reports that Hamas admits that one of its members was killed in a so-called "work accident" yesterday (ie, while preparing a bomb), and not in an Israeli air strike, as the group had earlier claimed:

A Hamas fighter was killed and three others injured in an internal explosion in Izbat Abed Rabbo in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, Hamas said on Tuesday.

The announcement confirmed what an Israeli security source told Ma'an late last night, that "as far as we can tell, it was an internal blast."

CNN has yet to catch up to speed, even though AFP reported Hamas' "work accident" acknowledgment last night at 10:40 GMT.

(For more on the presence of Hamas in the area of Izbet Abed Rabbo, see here and here.)

Posted by TS at January 12, 2010 07:29 AM

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