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Blast kills one near Gaza police HQ

Gaza_BlastA massive explosion near the main police headquarters in the Hamas-controlled and blockaded Gaza has claimed the life of a Palestinian.

Four people, including a woman, were also wounded on Wednesday after a car was blown up in the city center, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Police cordoned off the area after the incident and launched an investigation.

The exact cause of the blast is still not clear. Some reports suggest it was caused by a missile fired from an Israeli drone flying overhead.

Israel has continued to close all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for more than 3 years. The illegal Israeli-imposed blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the coastal enclave.

Some 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including freedom of movement, and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education. Poverty and unemployment rates stand at approximately 80% and 60% respectively in the Gaza Strip.

Israel admits to assassination in Gaza

The Israeli army has claimed responsibility for an attack on the Gaza Strip, which has left one Palestinian dead and four others injured.

Resuming its targeted killings in the Gaza Strip, the army said in a statement on Wednesday that Israeli forces targeted and killed Mohammed Jamal al-Nimnim, a senior member of the Army of Islam, in a joint operation with the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service.

Mohammed Jamal, 27, was killed after his car exploded outside the headquarters of the Hamas security forces in Gaza City.

Some reports suggest that his car exploded after missiles fired from an Israeli drone hit his car. Other reports, however, say that al-Nimnim was killed by a car bomb.

Israeli officials claim they ordered al-Nimnim’s assassination because they had allegedly received reports that Nimnim was planning a number of attacks against American and Israeli targets in the Sinai Peninsula.

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