We have seen this movie before. A Palestinian terrorist suffers what is euphemisticlly called a “work accident,” frequently the premature detonation of explosives or rockets intended for use against Israel. We have covered dozens of such incidents, including the following:

We also have seen a corollary, the use of civilians and civilian structures as human shields for terror planning and attacks, both by Hamas/Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and Hezbollah in Lebanon. We covered this tactic extensively during the 2014 Gaza conflict, where Hamas used the main Gaza hospital as a headquarters and fired rockets from nearby the hospital and other civilian structures.


An incident on January 23, 2021, brings these two trends together, a work accident involving explosives being prepared by a Hamas member in his apartment.

The Jerusalem Post reported:

An explosion destroyed a home in Gaza Saturday morning as terrorists attempted to prepare explosives to purportedly attack Israel, according to an IDF tweet.

The explosion took place in the home of a Hamas operative and at least 30 were injured in the explosion, according to Israeli media.

Pictures posted on Twitter by the IDF showed the massive extent of damage to the house from the blast.

Avichay Adraee, the IDF spokesperson for Arabic media, said on Twitter that the explosion was a result of storing weapons in the house. Adraee went on to say that “the story of the house is the story of many homes in the Gaza Strip,” that are being used for weapons storage.

“They have turned [homes] into warehouses of weapons, military parts and missiles for terrorist organizations and the people who pay the price in the end are the innocent civilians,” Adraee said.


Palestinian media reported on it:


Video circulated on social media showing the aftermath.


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