Palestinian human rights groups are calling on Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) to stop using civilian areas as places to store weapons after a deadly explosion happened last week after a home used for storing weapons exploded.

The explosion occurred by a residential home located in the Al-Zawiya market area in the centre of Gaza City, the coastal enclave’s densely populated capital. In the blast, a 69-year-old, Atta Ahmed Saqallah, died and 14 civilians were injured, including six children. Shops and homes around the blast zone were damaged.

It is a war crime to store weapons near residential areas.

The Palestinian Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said:

“Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza views the explosion incident with grave seriousness, as there have been repeated incidents of internal explosions in houses in overcrowded residential neighbourhoods for various reasons in the past, which resulted in the killing of a number of civilians and the destruction of homes and public and private properties,” a statement from the centre read.

“Accordingly, Al-Mezan reiterates its call for a comprehensive and serious investigation into this incident and other similar events, to publish the results of the investigation publicly, and to take the necessary measures to ensure that it does not recur in order to preserve the lives and property of citizens.”

The Palestinian NGO Network, an umbrella organization comprising 133 member organizations, also called for a “serious and transparent” probe into the blast. “The Network stresses the need to expedite the provision of all forms of assistance and support to those affected,” the group said. “It also stresses the need to announce the results of the investigation and to take serious measures to prevent such explosions from happening again.”

The Palestinian NGO Network, an umbrella organization comprising 133 member organizations, also called for a “serious and transparent” probe into the blast. “The Network stresses the need to expedite the provision of all forms of assistance and support to those affected,” the group said. “It also stresses the need to announce the results of the investigation and to take serious measures to prevent such explosions from happening again.”

Israel regularly condemns Hamas for using civilians as human shields. Hamas and other terror groups are well known for storing weapons inside mosques, hospitals, homes and other places. They build terror tunnels under the streets of Gaza and force Israel to strike near civilian areas because they have embedded their terror infrastructure inside them.

It is high time the world woke up to Hamas’s war crimes. It is right for Palestinian groups to condemn these atrocities.

Related Articles:

Iranian operative charged with plotting to assassinate member of Trump administration

The US Justice Department on Wednesday announced charges against an Iranian operative for an alleged plot to assassinate former Trump administration national security adviser John...

BBC and Guardian contributor outed as Palestinian terror supporter who wants Jews ‘killed like Hitler did’

A contributor to the BBC, Guardian, New York Times and other publications has deleted his social media accounts after being found to have posted vile antisemitic messages,...

WATCH: Israeli soldier and Palestinian children’s dance battle goes viral

A dance-off between an Israeli soldier and two Palestinian children went viral on TikTok after being posted on Tuesday. The video entitled "The Israeli/Palestinian conflict...

Iran pushing PIJ for more violence in Gaza, Israeli Defense Minister warns

Iran is driving the escalation of violence against Israel from the Gaza Strip, Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned, saying that the Islamic Jihad terror organization “has an...

Two Israelis killed in UK hit-and-run incident; family members injured

Two Israelis were killed and three people from the same family were injured, including two children in a hit-and-run incident at the English seaside town of Ramsgate.The incident...

Subscribe to start receiving FREE TORCH magazines from CUFI UK

We call upon the UK Government to officially recognise Jerusalem is Israel's capital and move its embassy to Jerusalem.