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Gaza Explosion Wounds 3 Hamas Police | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip, (AP) – An explosion went off early Thursday near a group of Hamas policemen patrolling in Gaza City, wounding three, including one critically, Hamas officials said.

Hamas blamed the rival Fatah movement for the attack, and said it has rounded up several suspects.

The explosion came at a time of rising tensions between the bitter rivals.

Earlier this week, Hamas blamed Fatah for what it said was a failed attack on a Hamas security compound. In the incident, three Fatah activists and a bystander were killed when a blast went off in a car, possibly because of mishandled explosives. A day later, Hamas raided a four-story Fatah office building.

Hamas took control of Gaza by force in June, defeating the security forces loyal to Fatah and moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.