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13 Injured in Gaza Training Site Blast

A Palestinian schoolboy injured in the blast receives treatment at a hospital in the southern Gaza strip town of Rafah, 20 Oct 2010

Leaders of the Palestinian militant group Hamas say five children and three women were among 13 injured after a blast at a Hamas base in the Gaza Strip.

The powerful explosion Wednesday ripped through the Hamas al-Qassam Brigades military training facility in the southern Gaza Strip.

In a statement, Hamas did not give a cause for the blast. The Israeli military says it was not involved.

The blast shook through the densely crowded Tel As-Sultan neighborhood in Rafah. Hamas said the injured were hit by flying glass shrapnel.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights has repeatedly called on the territory's Hamas rulers not to store explosive materials in civilian areas. A weapons explosion in August wounded 58 people and destroyed seven houses.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.