Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that one resident was killed and four were wounded in an explosion that took place on Saturday evening at the house of the Secretary-General of the Popular Resistance Committees, in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Adham Abu Saliyya, spokesperson of the Higher Committee for Medical and Emergency Services in Gaza, reported that one of the four wounded residents is in a very serious condition.

The explosion took place in the house of Sheik Zoheir Al-Qaisy, who was not home; the exact cause of the blast remains unknown, with an an Israeli Spokesperson stated on Twitter that ‘An initial check of the Rafah explosion shows it was not connected to IDF activity.’

The Popular Resistance Committee issued a press release stating that Khaled Jamal A-Qaisy, 38, was killed in the blast.

The brigades confirmed that its secretary-general was unharmed, and in a good health condition, contrary to some reports that claimed he was killed in the blast.

It also stated that it will release a statement regarding the nature and causes of the deadly explosion.