A Palestinian suicide bomber has blown himself up in a shopping center in central Israel, killing two other people and injuring more than 30.
Israel radio says today's (Monday) blast took place at an electronics store in Kfar Saba, which is close to Tel Aviv.
The extremist group Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility, identifying the bomber as a resident of a West Bank refugee camp.
The last Palestinian suicide bombing in Israel was October 21st when an explosives-laden car slammed into a bus, killing 14 people. Today's bombing comes after Palestinian officials blamed Israel for at least seven Palestinian deaths since Sunday night.
In one incident, a car exploded killing two Palestinians, including a member of Hamas who was on Israel's wanted list. Palestinian officials charge that an Israeli aircraft flying overhead detonated a bomb inside the vehicle in the West Bank city of Nablus. Israel's army says it is checking the report.
In the Gaza Strip, Israeli troops killed three Palestinian men on the border between Israel and the occupied territory in one incident, and two other Palestinians were killed in the southern town of Rafah. No weapons were found on any of the victims.
The violence follows the publication of a report by London-based human rights group Amnesty International accusing Israel of war crimes during its offensive in the West Bank which lasted from April until June of this year. The Israeli military has rejected the report's accusations, saying it was acting in self-defense.