On Friday 07/25/2008 morning a bomb exploded outside a cafe in Gaza City killing one person – reportedly the perpetrator – and injured at least three others, in what seems to be a premature “work accident”.

Later, almost at midnight a powerful explosion inside a car travelling past a beach in the Gaza Strip has killed four Hamas militants: a commander of Hamas’ military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades – Amar Mosbeh, three other members and a five-year-old passer-by girl. At least 20 other people, including many enjoying a day by the sea, were wounded by the blast. According to Hamas officials, the bomb was planted near a place where police cars are parked.

Khalil al-Haya, a senior Hamas leader, whose son Iyad al-Haya was wounded in the blast, blamed Palestinian groups “who collaborate with the enemy [ Israel ]” implying to the rival Fatah movement in Gaza.  “We have information that some elements are planning to carry out bombings against the interests and leaders of Hamas in order to show anarchy,” he told the Reuters news agency.

An Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades spokesman blamed “members of the fugitive party” – a term which usually refers to the Fatah movement of Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president.


** In another wave of violence 5 Lebanese were killed in Tripoli, North Lebanon, when clashes between Alawite emigrants from Syria in ‘Bab Tibbaneh’ suburb in Tripoli and Sunnite Muslims supporters of the slaughtered former PM Rafik Hariri party “Al-Mustaqbal” resumed. See – Tripoli 06.23.08   


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