The Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, reported that one of its fighters was killed, on Wednesday before midnight, in an explosion that took place in his home in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza, Strip.The brigades identified the fighter as Ali Nayef Al Hajj, 20, from Yibna refugee camp in central Gaza. His body was severely mutilated due to the blast.

The security forces of the Hamas-led government in Gaza initiated an investigation into the issue.

The Al Qassam brigades stated on its website that the fighter was killed by accident, apparently while preparing explosives to use against the Israeli army across the border with the besieged Gaza Strip.