First, Hamas blamed Israel for this. Later, it was revealed to be another “holy mission” gone awry. “Hamas: Blast that killed 2 was accident,” by Ibrahim Barzak for the Associated Press:
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Palestinian militants accidentally set off a large blast at a Hamas training base in the central Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing two members of the violent Islamic group and wounding another, a Palestinian medical official said.
Hamas initially blamed Israel for the blast, but later acknowledged that it was caused by a mishandling of explosives, saying its men died while performing a “holy mission.” The Israeli military denied involvement.
Hamas security men kept photographers and TV cameramen away from the scene. Dr. Moaiya Hassanain, a Palestinian Health Ministry official, confirmed the deaths.
The incident happened amid new signs that Israel is moving closer to a cease-fire with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Israeli defense officials said Amos Gilad, a senior Defense Ministry official, traveled to Cairo on Tuesday for talks with Egyptian mediators. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the talks.
So there are “new signs that Israel is moving closer to a cease-fire.” It is as obvious as ever that Hamas is not.