- Title: Palestinians killed in Gaza explosions buried, as Hamas begins manhunt
- Date: 28th August 2019
- Summary: MAN HOLDING POSTER WITH PICTURE OF SALAMA AL-NADEEM DURING FUNERAL PROCESSION
- 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: LVA002AU4URT3
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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.
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