Two Palestinians, including a local militant leader, have been killed in a car explosion in the West Bank city of Nablus.
Palestinian witnesses and medical sources say they believe the two died in an Israeli attack. Those killed included Khalil Marshoud, a local leader of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' brigade. The militant group is linked with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction.
Elsewhere, Israeli troops have begun removing road barriers that were built by Israel near Palestinian towns in the northern West Bank to keep Palestinian gunmen and suicide bombers from entering Israel.
Human rights groups say the barriers have caused major disruptions to daily Palestinian life in the West Bank and have devastated the Palestinian economy.
Meanwhile, Israeli and Palestinian officials said Israel is beginning to enclose a large West Bank settlement within its controversial separation fence, incorporating thousands of hectares of Palestinian farmland.