UNRWA Gaza office targeted in 2 explosions
search

UNRWA Gaza office targeted in 2 explosions

No casualties in blasts, which some say point to deteriorating security situation in Hamas-ruled enclave

Palestinians receive aid at a United Nations distribution center (UNRWA) in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on July 31, 2014 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
Palestinians receive aid at a United Nations distribution center (UNRWA) in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on July 31, 2014 (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Two explosions targeted the offices of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA in Gaza City on Saturday night. There were no casualties in the blasts, according to UNRWA and Gaza security officials.

“A bomb exploded near the outer wall of the headquarters of UNRWA in Gaza, about ten feet from the door, causing no casualties or damage,” an agency spokesperson, Adnan Abu Hasna, told AFP.

The security services of Hamas, which rules Gaza, said an investigation had been opened after the explosion of two homemade devices, “which caused limited damage and no casualties.”

The explosions come on the eve of a scheduled visit by the West Bank-based unity government to the Gaza Strip.

Small explosive devices regularly shake various areas of the narrow Palestinian enclave, targeting politicians, Palestinian Authority President (and rival Fatah chief) Mahmoud Abbas as well as the Islamist Hamas. In December, explosions targeted the French Cultural Center, the most visible foreign presence in Gaza.

Violence has been on the rise since the summer 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.

The latest explosion has not yet been claimed by any faction, but experts fear it marks a further deterioration in Gaza’s security situation.

Join us!
A message from the Editor of Times of Israel
David Horovitz

The Times of Israel covers one of the most complicated, and contentious, parts of the world. Determined to keep readers fully informed and enable them to form and flesh out their own opinions, The Times of Israel has gradually established itself as the leading source of independent and fair-minded journalism on Israel, the region and the Jewish world.

We've achieved this by investing ever-greater resources in our journalism while keeping all of the content on our site free.

Unlike many other news sites, we have not put up a paywall. But we would like to invite readers who can afford to do so, and for whom The Times of Israel has become important, to help support our journalism by joining The Times of Israel Community. Join now and for as little as $6 a month you can both help ensure our ongoing investment in quality journalism, and enjoy special status and benefits as a Times of Israel Community member.

Become a member of The Times of Israel Community
read more:
comments