Another Palestinian Work Accident: “[T]he deaths were the result of explosives and ammunition detonating as the PFLP-GC members were moving them.”
So-called Palestinian Work Accidents are when a terrorist is killed or seriously injured through his or his group’s error while preparing to attack Israel.
We have another apparent entry, five entries to be precise, Commanders of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command:
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine–General Command (PFLP-GC) is a Syria-based terrorist group that former Syrian Army officer Ahmad Jibril established when he split from the PFLP in 1968. Like the PFLP, it combines Arab nationalism with Marxist-Leninist ideology and is focused on destroying Israel and removing Western influence from the Middle East—ultimately establishing a Marxist Palestinian state. Jibril claimed that his new group would focus more on fighting and less on politics.
During the 1970s and 1980s, PFLP-GC carried out dozens of attacks in Europe and the Middle East, primarily against perceived Israeli interests. The group shifted its focus in the early 1990s to conducting small-scale attacks in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. The PFLP-GC has not claimed responsibility for any attacks since 2015 but fought alongside Syrian regime forces during the Syrian civil war until at least 2020 and has expressed support for Iran and Lebanese Hizballah….
The US State Department designated PFLP-GC as a foreign terrorist organization on 8 October 1997. The State Department designated the group as a terrorist organization under Executive Order 13224 (for the purpose of levying financial sanctions against it) on 31 October 2001.
The PFLP-GC is an even more radical splinter group of the PFLP, a terrorist group popular among anti-Israel activists on American campuses and of which Rasmea Odeh was the first female military member.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General command says it carried out strikes against Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip. The PFLP-GC's decleration makes it 8 armed groups who claim to be launching rockets at Israel, including Islamic Jihad. pic.twitter.com/bN5b3BVjej
— Joe Truzman (@JoeTruzman) May 11, 2023
Five commanders of PFLP-GC were blown up in an unexplained explosion at a base in Lebanon that originally was blamed on Israel.
#BREAKING: Israeli airstrike against a headquaters position of the "Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command" terror group on the Lebanon-Syria border early in the morning. According to Arabic media outlets the reports, there are 5 dead pic.twitter.com/y1I6E0fQzE
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) May 31, 2023
Israel denies involvement, and other sources now confirm Israel was not involved.
The Times of Israel reports:
Five members of a Palestinian terror group in Lebanon were killed in a mysterious blast blamed on Israel on Wednesday morning, Arabic-language media reported. Israeli officials denied any involvement and a Lebanese security source said the explosion was accidental.
According to reports by Al Jazeera and other networks, the blast occurred at a base belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC), near the town of Qousaya in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, near the border with Syria.
PFLP-GC accused Israel of carrying out a strike at the base. Images posted to social media showed a crater, a damaged building, and a damaged car, apparently as a result of the explosion.
Israeli officials, however, said that the Israel Defense Forces did not carry out any strike in the area.
A Lebanese security source who spoke to AFP said the blast was accidental. “An old rocket exploded in an arms depot on the base and five fighters were killed,” the source said.
Palestinian media outlets, including this Hamas-related entity, insist on blaming Israel:
In Pictures: Mourners take part in the funeral procession of five Palestinian members of the PFLP-GC who were reportedly killed yesterday by 'Israel' in a blast near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon. pic.twitter.com/QGD5B2elIH
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) June 1, 2023
I have not seen an english transliteration of the names of the deceased:One of the wounded was the son of the PFLP-GC founder:
One of the PFLP-GC militants wounded in an apparent accidental explosion in Lebanon earlier today is Khaled Jibril, the son of the organization's deputy secretary-general.
— Joe Truzman (@JoeTruzman) May 31, 2023
This appears to be a classic “work accident” – the munitions exploded as they were being moved, Reuters reports:
A PFLP-GC statement on Wednesday said five of its members were killed in an Israeli air strike on a site controlled by the group near the border. The group’s spokesman in Damascus Anwar Raja told Reuters an Israeli strike on the Lebanese town of Qusaya had killed five members, including fighters, and wounded 10.
A representative for the PFLP-GC in Lebanon Abu Kifah Ghazi said airplanes had been heard over the group’s position all night.
But one Palestinian security source and a Lebanese security source told Reuters the deaths were the result of explosives and ammunition detonating as the PFLP-GC members were moving them.
Lebanese media also report this was a work accident:
“An old rocket exploded in an arms depot on the base and five fighters were killed,” the security source said, requesting anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the media….
In Beirut, a Lebanese military official said the explosion was the result of a blast within the base, adding that there was no airstrike. An official with a regional group allied with the Syrian government, said the explosion was the result of a “human error” that occurred when militants were handling ammunition. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity.
PFLP General Command: “We affirm that our war, which is being waged by the axis of resistance, will culminate in a clear victory on the entire Palestinian national territory by raising the flag of liberation over Jerusalem and beyond.” pic.twitter.com/aeFVDUJzeA
— Hamdah Salhut (@hamdahsalhut) May 31, 2023
The five PFLP-GC commanders join many compatriots we have written about who have died or been injured in Palestinian “Work Accidents”:
- Senior Hamas terrorist Imad al-Alami *accidentally* shoots himself in the head
- Hamas explosives chief accidentally blows himself up
- Palestinian rocket commander ‘accidentally’ blows himself up
- Hamas terrorist killed when attack tunnel collapses on him
- Gaza: Two PFLP terrorists killed when rocket they were firing exploded prematurely
- Hamas Bomb Expert Blows Himself Up
- Hamas Commander killed at Gaza border when ‘hand grenade’ exploded prematurely
- Hamas member killed in “accidental explosion during preparation and training”
- Hamas tunnel engineer “working on a tunnel underneath his home when it collapsed and killed him”
- Reports: “Work Accident” blows up home of senior terrorist in southern Gaza
- Gaza: Four Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terrorists Accidentally Blow Themselves Up
- Explosives Stored In Gaza Terrorist’s Apartment Accidentally Detonate, Destroying Building and Injuring Dozens
- Report: Misfired Hamas test rocket hits Palestininan fishing boat, killing three
- Iranian Man Accidentally Sets Himself On Fire While Burning Israeli Flag
- Two Hamas Gaza Terrorists Blow Themselves Up Dismantling Unexploded Israeli Ordnance
- VIDEO: Palestinian Terrorist Accidentally Ignites Himself While Throwing Molotov Cocktail
- Hamas Terrorist Dies In Gaza Attack Tunnel Collapse
- Gaza: Hamas Terrorist Dies in Attack Tunnel Collapse
- Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terrorist Dies When “Shot By Mistake”
- Hamas Terrorist Killed In Gaza Tunnel Collapse
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