Consider this part of the Palestinian terrorist “work accident” series.

A “work accident” is a commonly used term to refer to Palestinian terrorists who die by their own hand when explosives or explosive devices they are handling detonate prematurely. We have covered many such incidents.

We appear to have another member of the club, during Hamas-led attempts to breach the Gaza border.

These border attacks began last spring under the name of the “Great March of Return.” From the start, these were not mere protests, but military-style attempts to tear down the border fence, with minors often put out front for the cameras. Huge tire fires were set to create a smokescreen.

The overwhelming majority of those killed near the fence were military members of various terrorist groups.


In the past two months, the attacks have become increasingly violent, and openly military.

IEDs and hand grenades are thrown by the hundreds, accompanied by rocket and mortar fire. Israel has retaliated with aircraft strikes on empty Hamas and Islamic Jihad facilities. But the trajectory of the violence could lead to a full scale war if, as has happened in the last few days, Palestinians fire rockets at major Israeli cities.

The Times of Israel reported on September 29, 2018:

Over 100 improvised bombs and grenades were hurled at Israeli troops during Friday’s riots at the Gaza border, the military said Saturday.

The army released footage of the violent demonstrations, which it said were the worst in two months, depicting attempts to breach and sabotage the security fence.

It also said IDF forces were still engaged in the controlled detonation of unexploded bombs and grenades.

The Times of Israel reported on October 26, 2018 about deaths during Palestinian militant attempts to breach the border fence, including someone named Jaber Abu Hemesa, who apparently died when a ‘hand grenade’ he was holding exploded prematurely:

One of the fatalities, named as Jaber Abu Hemesa, died east of El Bureij, in the central part of the Strip, when a hand grenade he was holding exploded accidentally, witnesses said.

There wasn’t much other information I could find about Hemesa or his death.

But Joe Truzman, someone who follows Gaza events on Twitter and has been reliable, posted this information about the death of a Palestinian field commander, who appears to be Hamesa:

The Al-Mujahideen Brigades is affiliated with Hamas, and has been involved in building cross-border attack tunnels, many of which Israel has destroyed in the last three years.


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