2 Palestinians killed in Gaza

Palestinian health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP the two men were killed "in Beit Lahia in northern Gaza after an Israeli strike targeted a motorcycle".

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Gaza City, Publish Date: Dec 13 2017 12:15AM | Updated Date: Dec 13 2017 12:15AM
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Two Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday with authorities in the Hamas-run territory blaming an Israeli strike, but Israel's military immediately denied the claim.

Palestinian health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP the two men were killed "in Beit Lahia in northern Gaza after an Israeli strike targeted a motorcycle".

The Israeli army immediately denied it, saying in a statement "contrary to Palestinian reports earlier today, the (army) did not attack in the northern Gaza Strip”. 

The circumstances of the incident, which occurred near the Gaza Strip's northern border with Israel, left open the question of whether the explosion was accidental.

The Islamic Jihad Islamist militant group said the two men were part of its armed wing, confirming only that they died during a "jihad mission".

It identified them as Hussein Ghazi Nasrallah, 25, and Mustafa al-Sultan, 29, saying they were part of the group's engineering unit.

The Palestinian health ministry initially said they had been targeted by an Israeli strike while riding a motorcycle, but that was immediately denied by the military.

The Islamic Jihad statement made no mention of an Israeli attack.

At the scene of the incident a crater several feet deep was left, along with the burnt chassis of a motorcycle. Islamic Jihad fought alongside Gaza's rulers Hamas in the last war with Israel in 2014.