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At least 20 injured in Gaza house explosion

A strong explosion destroyed several houses and injured at least 20 people on Saturday in a residential neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory controlled by Hamas, local officials said.

The blast occurred at the home of a member of one of Gaza’s armed groups.

“An explosion occurred at a house in Beit Hanun this morning, leaving a certain number of people injured,” the Hamas government’s Interior Ministry said.

More than 20 people were injured, two of them are in serious condition, according to medical sources.

Witnesses reported that the explosion at the home of an “activist” damaged several houses. The police established a security perimeter and prohibited access to the site. An investigation was opened to determine the cause.

According to a spokesman for the Israeli army, this explosion is related to the fact that militants “store weapons in residential houses”.

These houses were transformed “into warehouses of weapons … and missiles for terrorist organizations, and those who pay the price in the end are innocent civilians,” an army spokesman Avichay Adraee tweeted in Arabic.

Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007, where two million Palestinians live under an Israeli blockade, after almost a civil war with Fatah, a movement loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abas.

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