At least three PRC fighters were killed and another four were injured.
PRC confirmed the explosion but did not cite its cause, Middle East Newsline reported. The Israeli
military said it was not conducting operations near the PRC base, called Aby
Ataya and located in the southern city of Rafah.
Palestinian sources said Hamas has approved military training for
several Palestinian militias in the Gaza Strip. They said the training was
meant to coordinate militia operations with that of Hamas's military and
security forces in any confrontation with Israel.
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"Hamas does not bother the militias as long as they observe the
ceasefire and don't threaten the movement," a Palestinian source close to
the Hamas regime said.
The sources said PRC marked a major military ally of Hamas. They said
Hamas has helped train and equip PRC as well as assign it a sector in any
war with Israel.
PRC as well as other Palestinian militias were also said to have been
engaged in missile and rocket production. The sources said the
Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad received Chinese-origin extended-range
BM-21 Grad rockets that could fly more than 40 kilometers.
The explosion on May 31 was the bloodiest in months in the Gaza Strip.
In October 2010, 13 Palestinians were killed in a blast at Hamas security
headquarters in the Tel Sultan neighborhood in Rafah, located near the PRC
"Palestinian security services said that the reasons behind the blast
are still unknown while an investigation was opened into the incident," a
Hamas statement said.