Senior Hamas field commander said to die in accidental explosion

Hamas’s al-Qassam Brigades says in a press release a high-ranking field commander, Muhammad Walid al-Quqa, 37, dies today from wounds incurred yesterday in an “accidental” blast.

He was “setting up” something when the blast occurred, the statement says cryptically.

The statement adds that al-Quqa was from the Al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza.

— Dov Lieber