Three killed in Hebron blast

Three members of the armed resistance group Hamas have been killed and at least four other Palestinians wounded in an explosion that has rocked a house in Taffouh area west of Hebron.

    Medical staff carry one of the dead men away from the scene

    The three Palestinians killed were members of Hamas movement," Aljazeera correspondent in Ram Allah said on Tuesday. "It seems that they were making a bomb in the house, but it prematurely detonated killing the three of them," he added.

    "One of the people killed was the brother of a resistance fighter, who blew himself up in a Jewish settlement two years ago," the correspondent said.

    "Another one was the brother of a leader of Ezzeidin al-Qassam Brigades, who was hiding in a building in Hebron when Israeli forces blew it two months ago," the correspondent added.

    Relatives identified two of those killed as Jihad Dufaish, 24, and Hatim al-Kawasmah, 24, from Hebron, both members of the military wing of the Hamas, the Ezz al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades. 
      
    Several members of Palestinian groups have been killed in the past by premature blasts while making bombs.

    Gun fight

    Meanwhile, an Aljazeera correspondent in the West Bank reported that Israeli occupation forces, backed by 20 military vehicles at dawn on Monday raided the Hay al-Sharqi (eastern quarter) of Jenin amid intense shooting.

    Witnesses told Aljazeera that the fighters exchanging the gunfire were from al-Aqsa Brigades and Quds Brigades of the Islamic Jihad Movement. The resistance fighters clashed with the Israeli forces after occupation solidiers raided a number of houses for "wanted" Palestinians.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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