Two Palestinian youths died on Tuesday night after a blast from explosives they were handling near Nablus in the volatile northern West Bank. The explosives are suspected to be planted by Israeli occupation to target a Palestinian resistance leader.
A statement of condolence from the Islamic Jihad group on Tuesday revealed the deaths of its members.
According to the Palestinian health ministry, Mohammed Hashah, 17, and Alaa Hafnawi, 18, lost their lives in the explosion. Another person was severely injured and in critical condition.
The blast occurred in the Balata refugee camp, a densely populated area near Nablus. Nablus and Jenin have faced many Israeli attacks for more than a year, killing several Palestinians, among them Shireen Abu Akleh, a well-known Al-Jazeera journalist.
During a raid in Jenin on Monday, Israeli occupation forces and Palestinian gunmen exchanged heavy fire. Four Palestinians, including a child, were killed by Israeli fire and eight Israeli soldiers were wounded by an explosive device.