Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction said on Friday that the Hamas militant group was responsible for an explosion that killed 10 people, including children, at a rally in Gaza.
Hamas said an explosion at its rally in the northern Gaza refugee camp of Jabalya was caused by an Israeli airstrike. Israel denied involvement in the blast, the first deadly incident in the territory since it completed its Gaza pullout.
Fatah's Central Committee slammed Hamas for holding a rally in the densely populated camp, where thousands watched the parade procession attended by dozens of gunmen, armed with rifles and other weapons. The explosion, which killed 10 people, including children and militants, tore through a vehicle carrying Hamas gunmen. About 60 people were also wounded in the blast, medics said.
Hamas denied reports that the vehicle had contained explosives that detonated prematurely, saying the vehicle carried plastic models of rockets that could not explode. Hours earlier, Islamic Jihad militants fired rockets into northern Israel, causing no casualties. The group said the attacks were in response to Israel's killing of three of its gunmen during an an arrest raid in the West Bank, Reuters reports.
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