At least one resistance fighter from the al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, has been killed and another wounded, apparently in an explosion at a training center in southern Gaza.

Medics reported that Wael Hamouda was killed and Ibrahim Abu Shamallah was injured by the explosion.  Afterwards they were transported to the Naser hospital in the city of Khan Younis.

Witnesses stated that they heard a large explosion near the evacuated Israeli settlement of Navaih Dekalim, where there is an al-Qassam post. Most of the abandoned settlements in Gaza have been taken over by the ruling Hamas party since they took control of the region in June 2007.

A statement by the al-Qassam brigades, faxed to press, announced that Wael Hammouda, 34, one of their members, was killed in a training exercise.   Yesterday, two members of the same group were killed and three others wounded by a similar blast at another al-Qassam post in southern Gaza city.