Two killed in car explosion near Palestinian village in Israel

Two killed in car explosion near Palestinian village in Israel
The two men in their thirties, who have yet to be identified, died at the scene of the explosion.
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12 February, 2022
One man was injured in the blast and taken to a nearby hospital by paramedics [NurPhoto via Getty]

Two people were killed in the early hours of Saturday morning when the car they were travelling in exploded near Dahmash, a Palestinian village within Israel's 1948 boundaries, according to media reports.

The two men killed in the blast were in their thirties, the Palestinian Authority's WAFA news agency said. A third man, also in his thirties, was injured.

The two men died at the scene, a paramedic told the Jerusalem Post, while the third was fully conscious and taken to hospital in nearby Tzrifin.

Police are investigating the incident but suspect it may have been a "work-related accident", the Israeli news outlet said.

The victims of the blast have yet to be identified.

Palestinian citizens of Israel face systematic discrimination and regularly complain of being treated as second-class citizens.

Large segments of the Israeli public see Palestinian citizens as a demographic threat to Israel's "Jewish identity", with discrimination entrenched across housing, public services, education and employment.

Palestinian citizens of Israel are often at odds with the Israeli police - an institution they believe is doing little to stop violence within their community.