A 20-year-old Palestinian Islamic Jihad member was killed in an accidental explosion in the northern Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Hamas-run Health Ministry there said Saturday .
The blast was apparently caused by a work accident as the explosives were being prepared, the Ynet news site reported. Two other Palestinians were injured.
Several Hamas and PIJ operatives have been killed or injured in accidental blasts and tunnel collapses in recent months.
In January, 22-year-old Hamas activist Mohammad Fathi Janid was also killed in what the terror group referred to as an “accidental explosion” in the northern Gaza Strip.
In November, ten Islamic Jihad and two Hamas members were killed when Israel blew up an attack tunnel that ran under the border into Israel.
Hamas is engaged in training its fighters, building rockets, and digging tunnels in preparation for another round of conflict with Israel. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.
Gaza terrorists have dug dozens of tunnels, many reaching under the border into Israel, to launch attacks inside the Jewish state. While Israel destroyed many of them during the summer 2014 war, it says Hamas has since been rebuilding the network, and Hamas has bragged about doing so.
Last year, 22 members of Hamas’s armed wing were killed while “preparing equipment,” the majority in a string of tunnel collapses, the terror group said.