- Title: Palestinians killed in Gaza explosions buried, as Hamas begins manhunt
- Date: 28th August 2019
- Summary: GIRL WATCHING PROCESSION FROM BUILDING HAMAS SECURITY VEHICLES DRIVING IN PROCESSION MEN AT FUNERAL PROCESSION SECURITY VEHICLE DRIVING AT PROCESSION, PALESTINIANS WALKING IN FUNERAL HAMAS SPOKESMAN, FAWZI BARHOUM AT DESK (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS SPOKESMAN, FAWZI BARHOUM, SAYING: "These are terrorist and criminal explosions that targets Gaza's security, stability and the interest of the Palestinian people. It only benefits the Israeli occupation. We emphasise that security and stability is a red line and we do not allow anyone to cross these red lines and to mess with Gaza's security and its stability. What the occupation has failed to gain in war, the siege and causing strife will not be realised through such suspicious criminal acts." KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (AUGUST 28, 2019) (REUTERS) HAMAS SECURITY MEMBER SEARCHING VEHICLE PASSING THROUGH CHECKPOINT SECURITY MEMBER HOLDING RIFLE MAN GOING THROUGH CHECKPOINT SECURITY MEMBER CHECKING ID OF DRIVER HAMAS SECURITY MEMBERS AT CHECKPOINT SECURITY MEMBER CHECKING ID OF DRIVER
- Embargoed: 11th September 2019 13:31
- Keywords: Gaza Hamas explosions Fawzi Barhoum
- Location: GAZA CITY AND KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA
- City: GAZA CITY AND KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA003AU4URT3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
Members of Palestinian Hamas security forces and dozens of Palestinians held funeral on Wednesday (August 28) for Palestinians killed in late night Tuesday explosions in Gaza city. Hamas has set up checkpoints in southern Gaza Strip to catch those behind the blasts.
Explosions hit two police checkpoints in the Gaza Strip, killing three officers and wounding several other Palestinians, the Hamas-run interior ministry said, declaring a state of emergency after the blasts.
Such attacks on Hamas, which has the most powerful armed apparatus in the enclave, were rare.
A spokesman for the Israeli military said he knew of no involvement by Israel in the back-to-back incidents in Gaza city at a time of simmering cross-border confrontations with Hamas, the Palestinian enclave's ruling Islamists.
The first blast destroyed a motorcycle as it passed a police checkpoint, witnesses said. Two police officers were killed and a third Palestinian wounded. It was not immediately clear if the riders were among the casualties.
The second explosion, less than an hour later, killed one officer and wounded several people at a police checkpoint elsewhere in the city.
Hamas took over Gaza in a 2007 civil war with the forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. It has at times faced internal opposition from more stringent Islamist militants aligned with al Qaeda or Islamic State.
(Production: Mohammad Shana, Lara Afghani, Suheir Sheikh)
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