Palestinian security officials accused Hamas activists of detonating a bomb outside the house of a senior Palestinian security chief in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday causing damage but no injuries.
The bomb blew off the front door of the house of Suleiman Abu Mutlaq, director-general of the Palestinian Preventive Security department in the Gaza Strip. Abu Mutlaq accused Hamas of carrying out the attack which he described as "cowardly", adding that it was carried out "to spread chaos in the Palestinian territories".
"This is Hamas’ gift to the Palestinian Authority", Abu Motlaq told reporters.
This incident occurred after a senior leader of Hamas’ armed wing was critically injured by unknown gunmen in a drive-by shooting near the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Monday.
Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas media spokesman, denied any relation to the attack and demanded the Palestinian Authority form a committee to probe several shooting incidents against members of Hamas. Tempers were high after a senior leader of Hamas’s military wing was critically injured, on Monday, by unknown gunmen in a drive-by shooting near the southern Gaza town of Rafah.
Ziad Abu Hayya, leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades, the military wing of the Fateh movement in the eastern area of Khan Younis, denounced the attacked and accused Hamas members of carrying it. He said that Hamas should start forming its government after winning the elections, instead of "spreading chaos and internal conflicts among the residents".
He added that these attacks are being carried out by Hamas members in order to destabilize Palestinian internal security, apparently in an attempt to control the security forces.