Bomb Hits Car of Hamas Official

Bomb Hits Car of Hamas OfficialBomb Hits Car of Hamas Official

Unidentified assailants blew up the car of a Hamas security official in Gaza during the night, the interior ministry said Tuesday, in a sign of increasing instability in the Palestinian territory.

“A home-made bomb damaged a car belonging to a military police officer which was parked in front of his house in Gaza City, without causing casualties,” Gaza interior ministry spokesman Iyad al-Buzum said in a statement, AFP reported.

Witnesses said the car belonged to Helmi Khalaf, administrative and financial manager of the Hamas-run military police. It was unclear who carried out the attack. It came after Hamas police on Monday arrested several dozen protesters who tried to storm the French cultural center in Gaza while chanting slogans against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

A series of explosions in November targeted officials of Hamas’s rivals Fatah, which is headed by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, but caused no injuries.

Observers have warned of the dangers of Hamas losing control inside Gaza to radical Islamists including salafists with whom it has clashed in the past.

A 50-day war in Gaza between Hamas and Israel last year killed more than 2,200 people, destroyed tens of thousands of homes and left more than 100,000 people homeless.